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Modern glass house
This four-bedroom, three-storey house in Devon, was completed in September 2007. The house is built on a steep slope, so it has a partially sunken ground floor, which opens out onto the back garden, while the front door of the house leads into the raised ground floor. Just on the edge of a village and overlooking miles of countryside, the house is built to be incredibly energy efficient and also has a central vacuum system, which is where a vacuum cylinder is stored in a cupboard and connected internally to access points around the house. A lightweight hose attachment can be plugged into these points so theres no need for a heavy vacuum cleaner to be carried around while cleaning.
Bold feature wall
The Coulstons call this upstairs living room the cinema room as it has a screen and projector. Cream sofas and a floral motif also make it an elegant and more formal entertaining space, while an upholstered footstool doubles as a coffee table and extra seating. The couple chose mirrored side tables and glass lamp bases to add a luxurious touch.
A full-height window, mounted in Douglas fir wood, makes the best of the amazing views across the countryside, creating the perfect spot for a cosy living space. A rug adds a touch of comfort to the wooden floor, and the couple kept the walls white so as not to distract from the stunning views.
Sleek kitchen units
The family spend most of the time in the kitchen area, which has been designed with extra-high ceilings as their sons are very tall. An island in the centre of the room makes it an extremely sociable place to cook and talk to people at the same time.
Open plan living space
The bright open-plan living area is furnished with comfy leather sofas, and kept cosy by underfloor heating beneath the ceramic tiles. Glass wall units break up the run of kitchen units, while a strip of glass mosaic tiles creates a wipe clean splashback and adds colour to the white walls.
The dining area, part of the open-plan kitchen-diner, projects out from the back of the house and has glazed doors, which keep the partially submerged ground floor full of light. Slate floor tiles define the eating area, while a rug creates comfort and warmth by the sofa.
Get the look: The Oak table and chairs are both from IKEA.
Useful bookcase storage
Full-height shelving creates a feature in the open-plan living space. Decorative ornaments have been placed in a few of the cubby holes to break up the solid look and to let the eye move around each shelf.
Get the look: For similar cubby hole shelving try IKEA.
Serene and tranquil master bedroom
The owners' spacious master bedroom is at the top of the house. Velux roof windows let lots of natural light into the room, while fitted cupboards make use of the eves. An upholstered bed adds a luxurious feel, which is continued with silk cushions and a throw.
Get the look: The bed is from Grey Tower Interiors. The bedside tables are from IKEA.
Sleek bedroom furniture
A streamlined black bed frame and black gloss bedside tables give this bedroom a smart and sophisticated look. Bold canvases add a modern touch, while grey striped and checked bedlinen continues the masculine feel.
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Contemporary shower room
Dark mosaic tiles are teamed with cream ones to create a striking effect in this modern shower room. Fitted furniture below the basin makes the most of the awkward space, while a Velux window allows plenty of light into the small room.
Get the look: For similar tiles, try Burmania from B&Q.
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