Love brick and bold design? You will definitely fall for this 1970s Alan Paine modern house in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
When it comes to this one, it really is a case of not judging a book by its cover. From the outside, this 1974 design doesn’t really jump out at you. A rather restrained design that doesn’t really raise expectations.
But when you see the interior, you understand this house. This is a house where that restrain is actually why this house works so well.
The brick outer continues once you get through the front door. The exposed brick inside is just stunning and like the rest of the house, wonderfully preserved.
But that’s not all of the appeal. The house is designed to boost the natural light, with its large volumes of space, pine cladding, high-level glazing and with plenty of interesting little touches ensuring the 2,191 sq. ft. within isn’t just a dull, cavernous box.
It also has another key selling point too. This place is just three minutes walk from a picturesque coast, so if you like the idea of a morning walk by the sea, this might well be the place for you.
In terms of the layout, an entrance hall leads through to the double-height living room, described as the ‘heart of the house’ and lined on the ground floor with floor-to-ceiling glazing for views across the back garden.
An interrupted low-level pitch above the strip of glazing is clad in pine, but all other walls are that exposed brick, which rises up to the balustrades of the first floor. Also present is a fireplace, log store and a hearth made of quarry tile and brick, should the temperatures dip over the autumn and winter.
You will find the dining room to one side of the living room, which connects to the kitchen (looking very much like the original one), a room that also has access to the garden and a utility room beyond. There is also access to a covered garden store and a ‘substantial’ garage with space for two cars can be gained via that utility room.
The master bedroom suite is also on the ground floor, occupying the western wing of the house and made up of an en-suite shower room, adjoining dressing room with built-in wardrobes and the bedroom itself which opens out to the garden.
As this is a 1970s house you will not be surprised at the presence of a spiral staircase. A wonderful one in brick (again) and concrete too. Head up it for a great view of the living room below.
The first-floor space includes a gallery to one side of the staircase, complete with exposed eaves, pine cladding and high-level windows. If you work from home, this should be an ideal place to carry out your daily tasks.
There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom on this floor, with both bedrooms and the downstairs dressing room have bespoke fitted wardrobes and plenty of additional storage space within the eaves upstairs.
As for the outside, I’ve already mentioned the garage at the front, but there is also a sizeable landscaped garden at the rear, including a large patio area and an orchard of pear, quince and mulberry trees. Head out of the gate and you are on the beach at Pakefield in no time too.
Fancy it? The price is £450,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.