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BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL; Floor to ceiling windows let light flood in all year round.

Byline: Alison Young

THREE years ago John and Dulcie Blain bought a three-bedroomed 1930s house in Radyr for pounds 355,000.

Within a year that house was bulldozed to the ground and in its place a flat roofed, futuristic home worth pounds 1.25m has been built by the property developers.

They estimate that it cost around pounds 700,000 to build with the best of everything used from the under heated limestone flooring to the Villeroy and Boch bathroom suites and granite work surfaces in the kitchen.

Even the garage is split level and has windows at the front and rear to allow the light to flood in-plus its own limestone floor.

"Well I wanted Dulcie to have somewhere nice to go on days when she wanted to peg out some washing indoors," explained John, who confessed the garage was probably his favourite part of the house.

"Usually garages are just forgotten about areas but I wanted this one to be as nice as the house itself and it is."

The property, which sits in an elevated position in Radyr and enjoys views of around 20 miles into the distance has vast floor to ceiling windows which let light and warmth flood into every room.

John, 65, explained: "The house which was here before was a typical 1930s house with pebble dash on the outside and small slit-like windows.

"In its place we have built this modern and contemporary house - it's impossible to be depressed if you live here because the windows mean that it is always warm and light inside no matter what the time of year."

John himself is the chief window cleaner both inside and outside and has rigged himself up a special device which means he can make the first floor windows sparkle from the safety of his garden grounds.

"The large windows also give the illusion of bringing the garden into the house and of taking the house out into the garden," said John.

The property is on the market with Savills for pounds 1.25m. For further details or to arrange a viewing call Savills on 029 2036 8930
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