A terraced house owned by a young couple has been named as one of the best homes in Wales. Judges on the BBC show Wales’ Home of the Year were left emotional after seeing the Victorian terrace in Buckley, Flintshire with the property winning the “North East Wales region” section of the series.
The mid-terrace house was shown in the first episode of Wales’ Home of the Year on Friday, August 12. TV presenter Owain Wyn Evans was said to be emotional after falling “in love” with the house.
He was joined by fellow judges, interior designer Mandy Watkins and architect Glen Thomas. They scored the property an impressive 29 out of 30 points – with both Owain and Glen giving it full marks.
Owain confessed: “I love this home. It makes me feel psychological. When you work with what exists and bring it into your house, I think that is what makes it a really special place. ” These sentiments were echoed by Mandy and Glen, Wales Online reports .
Mandy said she could relate to owners Chris and Chelsea, because her own first home was similar to the Victorian mid-terrace. She said: “I feel like I know the homeowners.
“I feel like we’ve been welcomed in and even though we haven’t met them, we have a good sense of their lifestyle plus hobbies. ” Meanwhile, Glen said: “It’s refreshing. There’s nothing I’d change about this home and I quite surprised myself by saying that. ”
Dating from around 1890, the house is Chris and Chelsea’s first home together and although it has an unassuming exterior, it hides a bold and bright interior. It has been stamped with the couple’s own vision and taste.
Chris cited Edgar Allan-Poe as an inspiration for the quirky design of the house. The particular couple have used a mixture of dark and light colours throughout, reports NorthWalesLive .
On the ground floor is a traditional entrance hall, leading into a living/dining room plus kitchen. Upstairs, there’s a master bedroom, music room, guest room and bathroom. Chris said that both he and Chelsea “still get that home feeling” three years after moving in.
Entering the house, all three judges compliment the living room. Mandy said that she “likes it when a room is unexpected”. Meanwhile, Owain declared that he “loves a dark wall”. Mandy added that she liked the gold leaf arch in the middle of the room – something Owain agreed with. The presenter also complimented the artwork in the house.
“We’ve talked about how the use of colour can make a space bright with the off whites but doesn’t this work really well, ” said Glen. He added that it “feels very understated but very rich and warm as a home”.
Walking into the kitchen, the three praised the fact that the same primary colours have been used elsewhere in the home. With dark walls and a light worktop, Mandy thought that the kitchen didn’t feel “dark or oppressive”. Glen, meanwhile, said: “It’s very hard to impress me with a kitchen and I is suitably impressed. ”
Heading upstairs, the group then looked at the couple’s bedroom. Glen said: “Oh come on, I’m hoping for a room that will I’m disappointed in. This is very difficult. ” All 3 of them said that the room has “character”, felt “calming” and was very “modern”.
In the bathroom, the metro tiles were called a “winning formula” by Mandy, who said that the room as a whole has been “funky”. Owain added: “What’s lovely about this space is that you have nods to the Victorian but then [the shower head and the drain] are modern. ” Glen agreed and said: “Everything feels like it has been done by the home owner rather than trying to emulate a trendy look. ”
The six-part series follows the three judges as they visit five regions; Mid Wales, the North East, North West, South East, plus South West. They will explore a range of properties from terraced houses to bungalows, castles, country cottages, and everything in between.
Each property will be marked out of 10, based on design, interior, and the sense associated with home each property displays. Each regional winner goes through to the final to compete to be named Wales’ Home of the Year.