If you’re renovating a property from dated to desirable to make a profit because that is your job, most people would advise you to stay neutral, with waves of magnolia or shades of grey the most popular options to appeal to the most buyers as possible.

Maybe that’s why when developer Alex Godding decided to hunt down a deep and vibrant blue for the facade of his new property purchase, people were shocked plus thought it was a bad idea, but he had fallen in love with an instantly recognisable coastal house and wanted to bring that vibe to this Swansea terrace.

Alex says: “I drive through Aberaeron quite regularly and there is a dark glowing blue house on the main road called Awelon. I took a picture of the house one day and decided that was the colour I wanted for Ceri Road. When I told people I was going to paint the house dark azure everyone grimaced and thought I was nuts. ”

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renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

Awelon, one of the blue houses in Aberaeron, captivated Alex and influenced his choice of paint colour



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

BEFORE: This is Alex’s house before it got the ‘Awelon’ treatment

But Alex’s patio house in the Townhill area of Swansea is not the first home that Awelon and the deep blue houses of Aberaeron have influenced. The homeowners on Elm Street, Cardiff, do not shy away from color, and pattern, and there’s a house on this street that will also pays homage to Awelon and its counterparts in Aberaeron.

Sam Hughes and Lauren Sourbutts were previously aware of the vibrant nature of Elm Street when they were looking for a home in the capital, and at the time they purchased their abode on this colourful road it was an interesting shade of mint green – but not for long.

Lauran says: “Once you’ve lived on Elm Road you think to yourself ‘why don’t more people paint their houses’? The street is a great enabler. When we were thinking about colours nothing was off-limits – we could literally choose any colour and it would fit in. ”



Elm street, Cardiff, which is well known for it's colourful houses including the Aberaeron inspired dark blue property

Elm street, Cardiff, which is well known for it’s colourful houses including the Aberaeron inspired dark blue house



Feature on Elm Street, Cardiff, where residents have their houses painted with colourful themes.

Sam Hughes and Lauren Sourbutts outside their blue Elm Street home



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea inspired a blue house in Aberaeron called Awelon - this is the property developer Alex Godding

Alex Godding is ten years into his property developing career, having started at 19, and the blue house is his most challenging project so far

The choice for the couple was pretty simple. Inspired by the same well-known dark blue Georgian houses on the seafront inside Aberaeron that also captured Alex’s colour imagination, these people brought a deep glowing blue with salmon pink front door to Elm Street to add to the road’s vibrant streetscene. Find out how Elm Street became one of the most colourful streets in Cardiff and what it can like to live there here.

Although Alex has kept his Swansea house natural inside, he is very pleased with the blue beacon on the street. He says: “It stands out for kilometers around as it’s on top of a hill and can even be seen from the A483 in Cwmdu in Swansea. It makes me smile every time I go to the DIY store and I look up the hill and my house stands out as this bold azure building in a sea of otherwise grey property. ”



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

BEFORE: Front lounge with fireplace



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

PRIOR TO: Rear reception room that had no windows



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

AFTER: Two become one – Alex has created a large and welcoming reception space

Alex will be ten years into his home development career and this one was the biggest test yet, updating a dated home into a modern three-bed real estate to appeal to first-time buyers and families. He says: “I purchased my first property or home when I was 19 and have been renovating properties all over the place, from as far north as Llandudno and as far south as Carmarthen. During my career I have renovated around 12 properties and required part in the channel 5 documentary ‘Climbing the Property Ladder’ in 2016. ”



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

BEFORE: Large kitchen at the rear needed a refresh



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

AFTER: Updated units and the doors changed to a substantial sliding patio doors

This terrace house with amazing views from the front across Swansea to the sea on the horizon caught his eye as providing potential to make some significant changes for the biggest impact and, ultimately, the biggest profit. Alex says: “The property was a repossession when I purchased it and it had been neglected for many years. It had been the home to the previous owner for 15 years.

“It has been the biggest renovation project I have completed to date, as I have mostly renovated flats or small terraces in the past. The renovation involved removing a structural wall in the lounge to convert the two ground floor reception rooms into one large lounge. Previously the second reception room had no window and was dark and depressing. This involved building regulations approval for which I had to liaise with Swansea Council and have the appropriately sized RSJ installed.



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

AFTER: Drab patio area gets a lick of color, but not blue



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

RIGHT AFTER: Good sized garden gets the tidy up



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

Amazing view from the front of the property across Swansea to the coast

“I live an hour away from the property so the travelling has been an unexpected challenge using the cost of fuel sky rocketing. I am quite used to travelling to and from my restoration projects but the sudden increase in fuel has been noticeable, especially considering on average I travel around 3, 000 mls for each property renovation. inch

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Alex has created a large, single reception room at the front of the property, where there’s ample space for a lounge area and a dining zone. But when you get to the particular sizeable kitchen at the rear it too can easily accommodate a table and chairs in the centre, so where a new owner decides to eat breakfast is totally up them between these two welcoming spaces.



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

BEFORE: Tired plus unappealing bathroom



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

AFTER: A total transformation to include black accents and a new suite



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

AFTER: Black heated towel rail and mirror adds a modern touch

The kitchen is a blank canvas for the new proprietor to add their personal touches, as well as a table if required, including open wood shelves to add even more character. The particular sliding patio doors open onto a private, sunken patio that has steps leading up to the main section of lawned garden.

The bathroom is on the ground floor and has had a complete transformation into a stylish black, white and grey modern space exactly where soaking in the bath is going to be a relaxing experience. Upstairs the three bedrooms have new carpets and décor and it’s pleasing to see period panelled internal doors still in place adding a touch of past character.



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

BEFORE: Master bedroom at the front, one of three bedrooms



renovated house in ceri road, townhill, swansea pays homage to aberaeron in bright blue that can be seen for miles for sale for £129,995 with clee tompkinson and francis, swansea

RIGHT AFTER: Neutral decor makes way for a splash of sunshine yellow

Alex has held the interior design neutral but the choice of wood effect floor, accents of black plus splashes of pattern have added visual interest and left the new owner nothing to do except bring their own personal décor taste in through the front door. The blue facade makes a big impact outside but inside the house Alex has created a more neutral colour palette, although he hasn’t been able to totally control himself.

He’s splashed the colour again in the main bedroom with a wall of warm sunshine yellow – blue and yellow is surely a homage towards the home’s seaside view plus location, just a few miles from the coast, as well as the influence from the beautiful blue Aberaeron residence.

Alex is selling his blue abode for £129, 995 with Clee Tompkinson & Francis, call their Swansea branch on 01792 475332 to find out more. And don’t miss the best dream homes within Wales, auction properties, remodelling stories, and interiors – join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter which is sent to your inbox twice a week.

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