Back to his roots
TY Glas on Slade Road in Newton is a beautiful, unique house, quite unlike anything else in the area. It is why current owners Jim and Mi Richardson were first attracted to it five years ago.
"We weren't looking for a particular type of home but we kept coming back to Ty Glas because it was so different from all of the other properties on the market. With its open plan lay out and distinctive beach style it seemed more like a holiday home," explains Jim.
The coastal theme that runs throughout this three storey dream home blends itself perfectly to its picturesque setting in Newton. In fact, the location was another major attraction for Jim and his wife Mi.
"When we moved here we wanted to be close to a good primary school for our two young children and Newton is literally on our door step, the same school I attended too," recalls Jim.
Now the children are older they attend Bishopston Comprehensive School and the bus stop is at the end of the road, making it the ideal location for both schools.
Ty Glas is situated only a quarter of a mile from Mumbles and less than a mile from Langland Bay which is great for the whole family because they are all keen surfers and paddle boarders and spend a lot of their leisure time in the waters off the bay. "I have always loved the sea and have surfed since I was a teenager growing up in the area. Now with my wife and children also enjoying the sport there is nothing we like better than spending afternoons in the water together," says Jim.
As you enter Ty Glas the hallway leads to the first bedroom that is currently being utilised as an office and alongside is another bedroom that Jim describes as a toy room because it currently houses gym equipment, bikes and all of the family's surf boards and equipment. There is also a shower room which is ideal for when the family return from an afternoon of water sports in Langland.
Climbing the staircase takes you into the main living quarters and the impressive open plan kitchen/diner. Due to the clever design of this home, the wonderful open living space is at ground level with rear of the property.
The conservatory leads from the kitchen out into the beautiful, landscaped garden with doors opening on to a large decked area that has been the scene of many relaxing evenings.
"I love the summer months here because we can have all of the doors and windows open and make the most of the outdoor decking by having barbecues. Perfect after spending a typical family afternoon in the surf at Langland," says Jim.
Connected to the stylish kitchen is a lovely, welcoming lounge with a big, beautiful bay window allowing light to fill the room. With feature windows running the length of this property there is always plenty of natural light shining through even on the greyest of days. Living in such a fresh, summery home, means every day at Ty Glas seems sun-kissed.
Ty Glas was only built eight years ago and therefore no work was needed on the property. The only DIY that Jim has done in five years is create a storage rack for the family's surf boards. With the house being in such immaculate condition the next fortunate owners will be glad to know that their spare time won't be taken up with home improvement work either.
There is solid oak flooring throughout and connecting each level is a stylish wooden staircase with stainless steel balusters. Striding up the stairs to the second floor you find the master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony that offers sea views in the distance. This top floor is also home to two further bedrooms and the family bathroom. The light, bright airy feel to this family home is evident throughout.
Jim and Mi have many fond memories from their five years living in Ty Glas, especially Christmas time spent with their family.
"We have shared wonderful Christmases here with the whole family invited over to join in the festive celebrations. And for an open plan house it really is very warm and cosy in the cold winter nights," says Jim.
Jim and Mi often wonder whether they are doing the right thing in selling Ty Glas and think they may regret doing so. But having had five years without DIY Jim appears to be looking forward to a project he can get to grips with.
"We would like to find a property that needs a lot of work doing so I can work on a complete renovation and transform it into our next dream home," adds Jim." Although when I think about that, it may mean spending a lot less time surfing!"