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IMAGES FROM THE INSIDE #7
As we find ourselves in lockdown 2.0, to provide some online distraction, we are pleased to present another round of ‘Images from the Inside’. Today we bring you the sunken loungeroom of the John Baird designed ‘Philpott House’, one of the 5 houses that featured in our inaugural BM Open House event in 2018.
It’s easy to see why this spot has become a haven for owners Jo Pritchard and Ian Wong during iso, with its north-facing window wall and open fire, and it was love at first sight when they viewed the house nearly 20 years ago. As Jo reminisces, “the very first time I entered this house I looked down into what I now call ‘the sunken loungeroom’ and something clicked– I knew this house was ‘the one’. It’s funny though because over the years this wasn’t the room that we spent the most time in. We navigated to the kitchen/dining/lounge room where our lives revolved around children, school lunches, cooking, puppies and homework.”
But as COVID has descended, Jo and Ian now find themselves ‘empty nesters’ with a much quieter home and an elderly hound who sleeps a lot. With both of them working from home, and Ian’s regular overseas travel on hold for the foreseeable future, the room has emerged as their hub and their hearth.
“The suns streams through making it the warmest room in the house. At night we light the open fire, sit back with a glass of wine and snuggle our gorgeous dog, who has recently gained ‘couch rights’.”
Plus, there’s the sense of iso-achievement they gain when taking in the view. “From this room we overlook our first ‘iso-project’ with pride – a crazy paved courtyard which we have been meaning to do for the past 10 years. At least something good has come out of this,” says Jo.
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