Architect transformed house in site of special interest bordered by a…, Haute-Garonne, Occitanie
Completely and magnificently transformed by an architect, this artists' home is in immaculate condition and ready for the next stage in its life. Having fallen in love with the wonderful situation and possibilities that the structure presented, the owners conducted a thorough remodelling, not simply a renovation.
Intent on saving the structure and the character that remained but wishing to breath new life into it, first the roof was removed and replaced with an entirely new structure then walls were reinforced and new ones built to create wonderful volumes with a real flow to how the house works. A central fireplace in the main living space creates a focal point and a divider between a sitting room and a snug area, high ceilings and mezzanines breath life and light into the old barns which now form an integral whole.
Overlooking the Roman bridge, the main reason for the special classification, the garden is bordered by the river Noue, with a wonderful old oak tree and many diverse fruit trees on the acre plot. There is plenty of gravelled parking and a three car car port and a wooden deck over the riverbank.
Remodelling the original house has meant removing the interior walls and integrating it more fully with the barns. These works offered the opportunity to lay 'low temperature' underfloor heating beneath the polished cement floors. Offering new owners a habitable surface in excess of 330 square meters with a further 120 square meters of conversion potential which currently serve as artists workshops/studios.
The ground floor, with its classical facade, opens into a large hallway with technical room to right and the kitchen to left, straight on we come to the large living room with wood and stone feature walls, waxed cement floors, dual height spaces and large plate glass windows overlooking the garden and river. The staircase, itself a masterpiece of simplicity and functionality has treads made from an enormous and sadly unusable wine barrel that was found on the property.
The first floor landing has a reading area with plate glass window north infusing the room with marvellous light and feature stone walls of the old barn. The four bedrooms on this level are all doubles, the master bedroom suite has plate glass windows overlooking the garden and river, a beautiful en suite bathroom with the bath having the same view. Floors on this level are of pine and walls are mostly original exposed stone with some in OSB and some in wooden cladding, the master bedroom has a Japanese paper wall in front of the original stone, giving each area its own character. Bedroom two with views east to the Roman bridge and south, as above, has its own shower room. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have windows east and share a shower room. The attic spaces above these rooms are currently used for document storage and as a gym, with a mezzanine which looks down the two levels to the ground floor. All roofs here are fully insulated with multi-layer insulation and "Vermiculite" to a depth of 9 cms. Part of what makes this property so exceptional is the artists workshops which are to the west of the main house and are integral but can be wholly independent. The ground floor studio/workspace at 45 sq.m has been conceived with autonomy in mind, with the large windows overlooking the garden and river, w.c. and provision for a shower and kitchenette. All walls are independent of the original walls and are fully sealed with an air insulation trapped between keeping the atmosphere dry and temperate. There is also provision for a staircase to join it to the 1st floor workspace too should the new owners wish to create an independent apartment or second dwelling. Behind this ground floor space is the cellar which is of course not insulated. Here we find the oil tank for the heating system. The first floor studio workspace will make any artist or creative person eager to pick up a brush, chisel or whatever material they work in. With 80 sqm of useable space, windows south and north as well as a small terrace to the north, wood burner and high ceilings any but the most enormous projects could be envisaged here. Should the new owners not need an artists workplace then the conversion to habitable space would be a relatively simple affair as all services are in place. The property is situated near Saint Martory, it is approx. one hour of Toulouse and it's international airport and a similar distance to the ski resorts of the Pyrenees, 5 minutes from transport links and main shops and businesses, easy access to Spain and Andorra.