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One-bed flat above garages is bigger than it looks with impressive space hidden inside

Mirror logo Mirror 17/09/2020 10:51:05 Joanne Ridout & Courtney Pochin

When you think of exposed wooden beams and high ceilings in a house, you probably associate these things with older, period properties.

However these are the surprising features you'll find in The Coach House, a one-bedroom flat on the market in Cardiff.

From the outside, the place is pretty unassuming, located above garages.

But on the inside it's much bigger and more impressive than you would expect.

This is thanks to current owner Ali Lacey, 29, who had the idea to take a sledgehammer to the ceiling and remove most of it and expose the property's wooden beams, reports WalesOnline.

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Ali decided to remove most of the ceiling © Peter Alan Llanishen / ZooplaAli decided to remove most of the ceiling

Speaking about the renovation work, Ali claims it was a long and messy job.

He said: "Myself, my dad and a woodworker friend of his, spent around four weeks holed up here whilst just getting on with it.

"Originally the ceiling was meant to be plasterboarded but the materials got delayed, so last minute we changed the design to wood paneling, which to be honest is a way better option that gives it such a unique cabin-esque vibe.

"The most difficult part was just working upwards amongst all the beams, hitting our heads and backs on them all the time!"

He continued: "All the ceiling joists are slightly different measurements apart, so we had to measure each gap and cut slabs of insulation at bespoke sizes for every space.

a wooden chair: It now has exposed beams © Peter Alan Llanishen / ZooplaIt now has exposed beams a bed in a room: And there's even space to sleep up there © Peter Alan Llanishen / ZooplaAnd there's even space to sleep up there

"Then we added a second layer of joists onto the original ones and put in a second layer of insulation, effectively doubling the size of the job, but making it warmer and more soundproofed."

So what exactly inspired him to demolish the ceiling?

Ali works as a music producer and songwriter/artist also known as Novo Amor and wanted to create a space that would be more beneficial for his art.

He explained: "A big reason for removing the ceiling was for acoustics. A low flat ceiling doesn't lend well to a recording space, especially when recording live instruments like drums.

"An open, pitched ceiling has more angles for sound to reflect off and be dispersed by. It also creates a more reverberant, larger sounding room."

But while also being great for work, the new space also provided another benefit - it allowed for a sleeping mezzanine level at the far end of the loft area, which is accessed via a ladder.

This space has now become Ali's favourite place in the home and he's even given the area a name.

He added: "I call it 'The Hexagon', it being a six-sided pod, and I use it as a hideaway - a little place to get away from my studio space below, to watch a film or just sleep. It is ideal for overnight guests too."

"Removing the ceiling has made it a very unique space. It's added a lot of character, that's for sure. I don't know any other houses like this in Cardiff."

The Coach House is for sale for £170,000 with estate agent Peter Alan.

Those interested in the property should call their Llanishen branch on 029 2061 8552 to find out more.

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