Unusual architecture, a nice pub around the corner, eye-catching decor or just imagining your future life in a house can make the most strong-willed go weak at the knees...
House hunting is supposed to be all about the head, not the heart and location, price and size are the most important factors. But we’re all human, and all too often the heart wins out.
Unusual architecture, a nice pub around the corner, eye-catching decor or just imagining your future life in a house can make the most strong-willed go weak at the knees. With that in mind we talked to four homeowners about what turned their heads and why they bought a property with their heart, even if their sensible side was screaming ‘no’.
Sarah Kemp – Architect
Architect Sarah Kemp had set her heart on buying a modern 1970s property, so was surprised to find herself falling for a 1930s semi-detached three-bedroom house. “I walked in to find the staircase flooded with light,” she explains, “and thought ‘I really want this house’.” She was willing to forgive some of its other flaws such as a too-narrow garden and Sarah still appreciates her light-filled living space. She adds: “I love being able to see the sun rise and set from my windows.”
Janice Tugwell – Retiree
“I imagined myself sitting eating breakfast at the kitchen table and put an offer in that afternoon,” recalls Janice Tugwell, who made the quick decision to buy after viewing her two-bedroom bungalow. She reckons a kitchen is the most important room in any house and says the view from this room still gives her the most pleasure. “I can look out onto the garden and have had new kitchen units and a table made to perfectly fit the space – it makes me love it even more.”
Simon Hill – Media Executive
Simon Hill didn’t fancy a four-bedroom detached house because of its unattractive sloping roof. But his wife convinced him to view it and the couple were hooked. “We appreciated the fact all the building work and extensions had already been done – it ticked all the boxes for practicality – but I also knew immediately it still had potential.” With another internal wall now taken down, they have a large kitchen/diner/lounge space to enjoy and his affection for the house has grown. “We originally loved the space, but now we love it even more because that space is more flexible.”
Jane Lee – Interiors Stylist
“It was total love at first site,” admits interiors stylist Jane Lee of her three-bedroom cottage. Despite freezing temperatures while viewing, it had the cosy feel she had been searching for in a bid to relocate to the country – and a Rayburn stove and cat-flap sealed the deal for the animal-lover. “I could see us and the cat settled there – it felt like home.”As it was the first property she’d seen, Jane made a half-hearted effort to view more in the village, but quickly came back to make an offer. “We bought it from the heart.”
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