Pennod 9 04 Wal


Pennod 9

Cartref cyfoes yn Nhreganna, Caerdydd, cartref cyfforddus yn Llanrug a thy crwn ym Mro Morgannwg. A modern home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, a comfortable home in Llanrug and a roundh...


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-Tonight, we visit a roundhouse

-in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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-It's minimal and uninhabited.

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-We then discover

-how a grandmother's gift...

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-..was transformed into a cosy home

-in Llanrug.

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-First, we visit Canton, Cardiff...

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-..to see a contemporary space

-within Victorian walls.

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-Welcome to 04Wal.

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-We saw the house

-and we fell in love with it.

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-We loved the house just as it was.

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-We had ideas about we wanted to

-do here but they were a bit vague.

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-They were ideas

-rather than concrete plans.

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-I don't think it's wise...

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-..to have too many firm ideas

-before you live in a house.

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-You must discover how you live there

-and how you utilise the space.

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-This house has been transformed

-into a contemporary temple...

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-..by Dafydd Wyn, Helen, his wife,

-and Anna and Maia, their children.

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-Our original plans were to

-make the house feel more spacious...

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-..and to make it lighter.

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-I feel that these old houses

-can seem rather dark.

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-We wanted it to be simple.

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-We didn't want to bring clutter

-into the house.

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-Unlike what we've done upstairs...

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-..we wanted to knock a few

-of the ground floor rooms into one.

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-We wanted to make it feel

-spacious and roomy.

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-We've been here for four years...

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-..but it's only just

-started to come together.

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-We've only just finished the garden.

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-At this moment in time, we're very

-happy with the feel of the house.

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-I feel it all works, as an unit.

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-I like the white.

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-It's very simple, it isn't fussy

-and it helps create a lighter feel.

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-This is part of your lounge.

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-It also doubles up as your office.

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-It also doubles up as your office.

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-Absolutely.

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-This is where I work,

-when I work from home.

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-This is also where the children

-hog the computer and surf the Net...

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-..so Dad doesn't have a chance

-to use the computer!

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-You've split the lounge in two.

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-Is it practical?

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-Is it practical?

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-Yes, because I can

-close the shutter-doors.

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-It makes a big difference.

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-My family can be in the main area

-and I can do some work, in here.

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-I found the desk in a shop in Bath.

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-It's a shop which specialises

-in modern antiques.

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-We bought it

-before this room was finished...

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-..so it was in the hall,

-in four sections, for six months.

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-I eventually assembled it

-and I had five pieces left over.

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-I'm not sure where they should go!

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-It hasn't collapsed!

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-I doubt we'll ever move it

-because it's huge.

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-I can see

-you're interested in comics.

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-Yes.

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-You designed this wall

-to display your comics?

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-Yes, that's right.

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-I've been interested in

-my surroundings since I was young.

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-I promised myself things would

-be a certain way when I grew up.

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-I'm sure a lot of people

-are just like me.

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-I said, "When I'm a grown-up,

-I'm going to have what I want."

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-What I wanted was this - shelves

-to house my collection of comics.

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-It's a dream come true!

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-I wanted the shelves

-to have echoes of a library...

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-..which is why

-there are shelves above the door.

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-I've read every single one of them!

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-This is a simple, plain room.

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-The furniture

-contrasts with the walls.

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-Yes, it's such a simple room, there

-isn't even a television in here.

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-I first had the urge to get rid

-of the television a year ago.

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-The walls are white

-and I've used projectors at work...

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-..and it struck me that I could

-use a projector in the house.

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-That's exactly what I did.

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-I found a small, white,

-sleek projector...

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-..and we now watch television

-on the wall, rather than a screen.

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-One of the advantages

-of having white walls...

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-..is they make a great backdrop

-for colour pictures.

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-I'd describe the style

-of this house as simple and subtle.

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-Some might say it was stingy, even!

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-They've pushed everything possible

-out of the way.

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-It's true of the shaving mirror,

-the shower screen...

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-..and even the shower head.

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-This makes the room

-feel more spacious.

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-They've utilised this small space

-remarkably well.

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-Everything is plain and convenient.

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-There's another splash of colour

-on the landing wall.

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-It's a colour photograph,

-taken in America.

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-This shade diffuses light,

-which makes the landing a bit dark.

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-You step through this doorway

-into the master bedroom...

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-..and you literally see the light!

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-Wow! Everything in here it white.

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-The walls, the ceiling

-and the floor are white.

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-This lamp is very dramatic.

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-It's simple and it's very calming.

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-It must be a lovely place

-in which to sleep.

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-The kitchen is very simple.

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-The kitchen is very simple.

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-Yes, that's right.

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-We wanted a kitchen

-which was different from the norm.

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-That's why we avoided

-going for fitted units.

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-It's modular,

-so you can move things.

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-This is the set-up

-which works best for us.

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-It's strikingly neat and tidy.

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-It's strikingly neat and tidy.

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-Yes. That's because of the

-very nature of the storage units.

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-The crockery and the pots and pans

-are clearly visible...

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-..so you must be tidy,

-or things will get out of hand.

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-You can practically see the food

-in this cupboard, too.

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-I like this style of living.

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-This window makes it possible

-for you to see the garden from here.

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-We demolished that wall

-and inserted that panel...

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-..so that we could have a big window

-to give us a view of the garden.

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-Tell me about this garden, Dafydd.

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-Tell me about this garden, Dafydd.

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-The idea was to create an area where

-we could socialise in the garden.

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-We wanted to create something which

-would echo the straight lines...

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-..and, at the same time,

-create a circle within the box.

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-It's brand new.

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-It's only just been finished.

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-We haven't had time to use it, yet.

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-I can't wait to come out here

-on sunny summer days.

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-We'll spend our evenings

-out here, too, as a family.

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-I want to live in this house

-for a while.

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-I'm not ready to think about moving.

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-The interest in renovating houses

-comes naturally to me.

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-I believe having an interest

-in your habitat is in the blood.

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-Maybe it's a way to be creative

-but in a very concrete manner.

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-I'm reasonably creative

-in my work...

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-..and I think that manifests itself

-in the way I want to live.

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-Fate is a fickle thing.

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-Following an unsuccessful planning

-application to build a new house...

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-..Nain came to the rescue!

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-Carol and Gareth Williams and

-Llifon and Emma, their children...

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-..have converted a farm building and

-they and Nain are now neighbours.

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-Our planning application to build

-a house in the field was rejected.

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-It's in a Green Belt area.

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-Our daughter came up with the idea

-of converting the cowsheds.

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-The thought

-didn't even cross our minds...

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-..because they were full of hay,

-tractors and farm implements.

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-The idea took root and

-we asked Nain for her permission.

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-We then asked the council

-for permission!

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-We started work on the design

-in 1997...

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-..but we didn't get

-planning permission until 1999.

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-Where did you live

-during the building process?

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-We lived in our old house

-for the first six months.

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-We'd travel here from

-the other side of the village.

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-We sold the house and moved into...

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-We sold the house and moved into...

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-..a caravan.

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-What was your reaction...

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-..when Carol asked you

-if she could live in the cowshed?

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-I was glad because I've been

-here on my own for 14 years.

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-I was pleased when they said they

-wanted to make this their home.

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-I was happy to give it to them.

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-It's no use to a woman of my age.

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-I'm 86... no, I'm 87!

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-I missed a year, somewhere!

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-Do you like the way

-they converted the building?

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-They worked hard. It's nice.

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-Do you like it?

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-Do you like it?

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-Yes, but it isn't my house.

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-Yes, but do you like it?

-You've seen the house.

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-They've worked hard.

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-We spend a lot of time in this room.

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-It's very open

-and, yet, really warm and cosy.

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-I wanted a big kitchen.

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-This was the largest

-of the four units...

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-..and it had to be the kitchen.

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-Everything else

-fitted in around this room.

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-This unit has been recycled.

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-It was the old counter

-at Llanrug Post Office.

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-Those cupboards

-have also been recycled.

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-The floor

-came from Yr Hwylfan, Caernarfon.

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-The old Christ Church.

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-Tell me more

-about the post office counter.

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-The post office

-was being refurbished.

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-I went in to buy a stamp

-and I came out with a counter!

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-They were going to throw it in the

-skip, so I asked if I could buy it.

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-They couldn't believe I wanted it.

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-It was black.

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-The lady said

-I could have it for nothing.

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-We collected the trailer

-and went to pick it up.

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-We were the centre of attention

-when we loaded it on the trailer.

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-Were people pointing at you

-and laughing?

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-Yes, because the trailer

-was too small.

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-Yes, it was hanging over the edge.

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-I'd parked in the wrong place, so

-I had to drive around the village.

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-Everyone was looking at us.

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-Lots of people like it because

-it was part of Llanrug for so long.

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-We leave the kitchen

-and reach the top end of the house.

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-This room is the nearest

-to the main road.

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-We're just a wall's width away

-from the road.

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-It's remarkably quiet.

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-I can hear cars passing

-in the distance.

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-The shades of purple in this room

-are very calming.

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-Light floods in

-through these windows.

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-This was a cowshed but

-Gareth and Carol now sleep in here.

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-Llifon, their son, sleeps upstairs.

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-This bedroom

-offers everything imaginable...

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-..to keep a 10-year-old happy.

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-Harry Potter books, a PlayStation,

-a television and a dart board.

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-It's perfect for a child.

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-This is the gallery.

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-There are books here and you can

-sit here to read the newspaper.

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-Llifon can also

-come out of his room...

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-..and ask his mother

-what time lunch will be ready.

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-"Mam! I'm starving!"

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-We leave the kitchen

-and enter the lounge.

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-Do you spend a lot of time in here?

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-Do you spend a lot of time in here?

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-Yes, we spend our evenings in here.

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-It's a nice room.

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-It's relaxing in the summer

-and cosy in the winter.

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-Had you a design in mind for

-this room when you moved in here?

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-No, not really.

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-I just wanted a calming room.

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-I saw the curtains

-and I thought they were wonderful.

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-They're quite luxurious.

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-I used them as a starting point.

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-You had to create all the windows

-at the rear of the house.

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-That's right.

-There were no windows at the back.

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-This was the most challenging aspect

-of the work for the stone masons.

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-We had our biggest disaster here.

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-They opened up a gap for a window

-and the section collapsed...

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-..from top to bottom.

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-I panicked when I saw the huge hole

-but nothing else collapsed.

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-The rest of it went smoothly.

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-You also have quite a garden.

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-Yes. I'm in the process of

-converting a field into a garden!

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-What's your favourite thing

-about the house?

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-The light and the size of the rooms.

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-We have a lot of space here.

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-We're not living

-on top of each other any more.

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-We all have our own space

-in this house.

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-There's plenty of room for us all.

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-Most of the houses we see on 04Wal

-are square, have lots of rooms...

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-..and are built of stone.

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-The building beyond this jungle

-is round, only has one room...

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-..and its roof and its walls

-are made of straw.

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-This amazing building

-is located in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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-Dafydd William is one of the young

-men who had the vision to build it.

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-How long did it take

-to build this roundhouse?

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-Four years, from start to finish.

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-It was a joint project for three

-of us but I'm the only one left.

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-I've nearly finished it.

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-You don't have permission

-to live here, so what's its purpose?

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-It has an educational purpose,

-mainly.

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-My priority is to get people here

-to see the building.

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-It's made of natural materials.

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-It's very visual.

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-Visitors remember it...

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-..and they go home with new ideas

-about things like sustainability.

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-It's about

-protecting the environment...

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-..and using nature's resources

-as building materials.

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-Let's take a look

-at this side of the house.

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-Can you explain how you went about

-putting this building together?

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-The lime concrete pillars

-form the foundations.

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-They stop the posts from touching

-the ground and becoming damp.

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-The timber frame supports this wall.

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-It bears the weight

-of the building and the roof.

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-It's a modern house in the sense

-that it has foundations.

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-What about these walls?

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-The walls are made of straw bales...

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-..made watertight

-with a lime and soil render.

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-I realise it's a thatched roof,

-but what material is that?

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-It's actually thatched

-with water reeds.

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-Since they grow in wet areas,

-they don't mind the rain.

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-Water reeds last much longer

-than ordinary straw.

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-What props up

-the centre of the building?

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-A large stone column.

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-It bears the weight

-of the middle of the floor.

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-One end of the floor joists

-rests against the wall posts...

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-..and the middle is like a wheel.

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-The stone column

-acts as a hub to support the joists.

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-Let's go inside and take a look at

-this work of genius from within.

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-Wow!

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-You worked really hard

-to create this!

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-How did you design

-the nest-shaped roof?

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-It's a bit like a tepee or a wigwam.

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-The long joists which form the roof

-rest on the timber frame.

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-The theory is, it holds itself up.

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-You used traditional materials

-to create this modern building.

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-Yes, it's a contemporary house.

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-It isn't an Iron Age house.

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-It's a roundhouse

-but it has a raised wooden floor.

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-It also has windows.

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-No other roundhouse has windows.

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-How would you describe

-the atmosphere of this house?

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-Peaceful.

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-Tranquil.

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-It makes you take a step back

-from everyday things.

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-It's a round building and it's

-more feminine than square buildings.

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-I think square buildings

-are quite masculine.

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-It's lovely to be in a building

-which is more feminine than most.

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Cartref cyfoes yn Nhreganna, Caerdydd, cartref cyfforddus yn Llanrug a thy crwn ym Mro Morgannwg. A modern home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, a comfortable home in Llanrug and a roundhouse.


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