In the novel which I am writing at the moment (although I have had a non-productive few days, real life interfering with imaginary lives!) my main character Thomas is trying to buy a new house for his eve-expanding family. I have the perfect house in mind for them, with everything they need, but he has also gone to view other places with his wife. When I write about houses and homes, I usually have a very clear idea in mind of what the property is like inside and out… usually loosely based on somewhere real I have lived, stayed or visited which I vaguely remember. However sometimes I see a house and it inspires me to write about it. Sometimes I make up the details, but if it is for sale I look up the real particulars of the property. Once I have that, then I can play about with it, add rooms, extend rooms, knock through, put in or take out windows and doors, add secret staircases or passageways (stories in my childhood were full of these and they intrigue me!)
Here are the detail of a house I saw for sale:
Key Features –
- Mixed Use Period End of Terrace Property
- Renovation Required
- Courtyard Garden and Garage
- First Floor Living Accommodation
Description – a mixed-use, end of terrace period property, with a courtyard garden and garage, requiring modernisation and improvement The accommodation is arranged over two floors, comprising:
- ground floor – retail area, kitchen and rear hall
- first floor – the landing provides access to a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom with separate lavatory.
- outside – courtyard rear garden, store-room and garage.
- Retail Area – divided into three areas; a counter, various cold cabinets and shelving; a single glazed window to the front, part single glazed door to the side. Door to the kitchen
- Kitchen – base units with worktops over a single sink, drainer and mixer tap; part tiled walls; space and plumbing for washing machine; a gas hob over a built-in oven; double glazed window to the side. Door to the entrance hall
- Entrance – timber door to the rear.; door to stairs to first floor
- Landing – door to the sitting room. Door and steps down to the bathroom
- Bathroom – fitted with a panelled bath; pedestal wash hand basin; part tiled walls; door to the airing cupboard; an obscured single glazed sash window to the side. Multi-paned glazed door to the lavatory
- Lavatory – fitted with low-level lavatory; obscured single glazed sash window to the rear.
- Sitting Room – 13′ 0” x 9′ 7” (3.96m x 2.92m) Door to built-in storage cupboard. Double glazed window to side. Door to the lavatory
- Inner Hall – wall mounted RCDs ( residual current devices); double glazed window to the side. Doors to bedroom 2 and the kitchen
- Kitchen – wall and base units; roll edge worktops; inset stainless steel circular sink with a drainer and mixer tap; inset electric hob over a built-in double oven; loft access; a double glazed window to the side. Door to bedroom 1
- Bedroom 1 – timber mantle over a gas fire with tiled hearth and surround; dual aspect room with double glazed windows to the front and side
- Bedroom 2 – blanked fireplace; built-in storage cupboard to one side of the chimney breast
- courtyard with external store and side access into garage; garage attached to next door, with twin timber doors to front
Isn’t it just ready to be written about?
The house in my featured image is a completely different place – an abandoned property in Bristol!
Here is a link to my stories about Thomas, my e-books and my recently published paperbacks: