Doctor Who’s Tardis is famous for being bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside – and much the same could be said about this stunning home in Wales.
What was once a drab old garage has become an impressive, eco-friendly and very modern property after an incredible £1.2m transformation.
Situated in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, the completed six bed home is called Ty Mynydd – or Mountain House in English – and Wales Online’s property editor Joanne Ridout has taken a closer look inside.
It has six bedrooms across three stories, a garden, a utility room and enough parking for six cars.
And if you were to dig deep into your pockets to snap it up, your new neighbours would include former British Lions and Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton.
The garage and land was snapped up MJ Construction in 2008, reportedly for an undisclosed sum less than £100,000.
At the time of work beginning in 2009 company owner Michael Lewis said: “The plot was long and narrow and ran between two existing dwellings so accessing the site was a challenge from the start.
“We always envisaged this house as having a luxury feel and an edginess to the interior, and this image was successfully carried throughout the house by using sumptuous fabrics, luxury flooring and high-end bathroom fittings.
“The design of this house was very exciting because it allowed us to work with and install cutting edge materials, high tech electronics, an integrated sound system and luxury Miele kitchen appliances.
“We also used more traditional materials, such as Welsh slate and stone, to complement the surrounding properties and landscape.”
Eco friendly features were a key part of the new design in a property that is completely unrecognisable from its grey garage origins.
The house has underfloor heating, is fully insulated, and each room and corridor have an independent thermostat to end family heating wars.
Rainwater is collected from the roof into a giant tank under the front garden and used to flush the toilets and water the garden.
The living room is a light filled space at the front of the broken-plan living area and is so large that the whole family can easily gather for a social event with everyone being able to claim a seat on one of the plush and colourful sofas.
At the rear of this middle level there is a family bathroom featuring an inviting double-ended bath, huge sink and plush interior design that looks worthy of a posh hotel.
The two bedrooms to be found within this area both look out over the rear garden.
One of these bedrooms has a bonus balcony as an extra outdoor space to access without having to change out of your slippers or find your coat.
The house also has a utility room off the kitchen and parking outside for up to six cars.
The current owner of the property is an artist who has dedicated the whole of the second floor to their work.
Joanne writes: “How wonderful to spend the day painting incredible original pieces of artwork in a space on the top floor that has a stunning high vaulted-ceiling.
“How could you not be inspired by the exposed beams and roof rafters and the views of rooftops of the capital city expanding out in front of you through the jigsaw of windows that comprise the whole of the end wall?
Ty Mynydd is on the market with Yopa for £1.25m, call them on 0333 305 0202 to find out more.