Come on in… welcome to our home.
The first home we bought was a two-bed apartment in The Factory. Inevitably after we were married, we discussed having a family. We soon realised our perfect starter home would be too small with a baby. We often dreamt about living in what felt like ‘the unattainable top floor’. With all seven penthouses in the building occupied, and highly desirable, we could only dream of owning one.
We had a tip off from an agent that our (now) apartment was on the market. By the end of that day we’d put our offer in and the following day it was accepted – we were overjoyed. We moved in when Stanley was just 6 months old and have been here for 15 months.
Aside of the space, we were drawn to how light and airy it felt. Being the former drawing rooms for an engineering firm it benefits from skylights – even on a grey day it’s still bright. The double aspect windows frame Norwich’s skyline. It’s a truly beautiful view.
Our apartment has four bedrooms. In December 2014, we commissioned a carpentry firm to build purpose made furniture for our bedroom – made of birch plywood. My favourite detail is probably the copper hanging clothes rail. Seen by few, but greatly appreciated by us two. Our design brief for the room was Scandinavian ski lodge and I’m currently looking for the perfect reindeer hide to finish the look.
Our open plan living room/kitchen/dining room was the first ‘room’ we completed. We’ve visually divided the space with furniture and product placement rather than physical walls. We suspended three Boskke sky planters as a modern take on a chandelier and to mark the dining area. The living room has been made more cosy by the addition of a woollen rug. The kitchen has practical vinyl flooring and is given enhanced lighting by the three suspended Plumen’s above the breakfast bar.
Recently, we built additional storage in our spare room that is now Nor-Folk’s office, photographic studio and storage department. We’re particularly pleased with the custom fitted cupboards that we fronted with OSB board. Bobby designed, cut and built the cupboard. I sealed and painted the doors white. Great teamwork and it was such a cost effective solution.
Stanley is lucky enough to have a bedroom and a playroom. Both are very modest in size but we’ve been creative with the layout. He has a clean, uncluttered bedroom that he uses only for clothes and nappy changes in the day. His playroom on the other hand, is an explosion of Duplo blocks, half chewed books and teddies. But, at the end of the day, when Stanley goes to bed, we can shut the door on the chaos, and peace and harmony is restored.
Our south-facing roof terrace is a glorious suntrap in the summer months. Concerned with Stanley’s safety, we installed toughened glass screens on two aspects as well as wooden slats between us and our neighbour. The final detail, that I’m yet to convince Bobby of, is that we need an outdoor shower. A scorching hot shower on a fresh, crisp spring morning would be an exhilarating start to the day.
Once upon a time we could only dream about living in our apartment. Now we’re here, it’s better than we ever envisaged and I truly believe we’ll be here forever. A home for life.
If you’d like to read more about our home, it has been featured on the following blogs–