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'We wanted all the kids to have their own rooms': Inside a Co Down five-bed that's full of life

When Gliosa Logan and her husband blended two families, they knew they’d need a house with lots of space.

Image: Instagram/perfectlypeculiarineveryway

About your home 

Where? Co Down

What type of house? Detached new build

How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Five bedrooms, four bathrooms

When did you move in? April 2017 

About you

Name: Gliosa Logan

Age: 43

Occupation: Civil servant

Who else lives there? My husband, four of our five children, two dogs and two cats. 

Capture Source: Instagra/perfectlypeculiarineveryway

What made you choose this home over others?

When my husband and I moved in together and decided to blend our two families, we wanted each of our children to have a room to call their own.

We knew we wanted to stay in the north. Style-wise, my husband wanted a new build while I was drawn to the idea of an older house with a little more character – something I could treat as a project.

In the end, we couldn’t find an older house big enough for us all, and in hindsight I think my husband was on the right track. Life is hectic enough without adding a fixer-upper to the mix. That time will come when the kids have all flown the nest. 

What is your favourite place in your home?

My favourite room has to be my bedroom. It’s not completely finished yet but it’s got a lovely dressing area leading to the en-suite and a beautiful bay window with a gorgeous view of the fields behind our house. The area is on a protected green belt – it’s comforting to know I’ll always have that view! 

Capture Source: Instagram/perfectlypeculiarineveryway

Is there any part of the home you don’t like?

My least favourite part has to be our main family bathroom. When we decided on a new build, I thought I’d have a ball choosing everything and picking colours and the like, but actually I found it a little overwhelming and discovered I’m much better at choosing things in over a longer period, going room by room.

The end result was that I felt a little rushed and feel like I got the tiles wrong in the main bathroom.

Gliosa bathroom Source: Instagram via perfectlypeculiarineveryway

Is there any part of your home that makes it unique?

Our house has a balcony at the front, but I’m actually not overly fond of it. I always wondered who on earth would want to sit out there overlooking the neighbours and watching cars. I think it’s a wasted space and would be much better positioned at the back of the property. 

Our home is never quiet and our children age from 8 – 22! There is always someone coming or going. I’m an only child and my mum still laughs at the fact that I’ve chosen such a busy, crazy life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Gliosa bookshelf Source: Instagram via perfectlypeculiarineveryway

Take us through an average day in your house, room by room. 

5.45am: This is when I get up most mornings. I like to bring the dogs outside, sort breakfast and get my youngest child up, dressed, fed and out the door to the child minder as quickly as possible. This can be a challenge depending on his mood!

7am: Our other kids are fairly independent and get themselves out to school (and leave a trail of destruction in their wake). Everyone eats breakfast and argues over snacks for school breaks, and looks for lost school books and shoes in the kitchen during this time. If our kitchen walls could talk, they would probably yell ‘Thank God’ the minute we all leave!

4pm: We all arrive home in stages over the next few hours. The older kids will usually fight over the desk in the study for doing homework, even though they all have desks in their rooms.

6pm onwards: The dogs get walked, dinner is cooked and the kitchen comes alive. I love to cook and catch up on everyone’s gossip about their days. In winter after dinner we light the fire in the lounge and laze in there until bedtime. The lounge has glass panes in the doors, which I would like to change as I’d rather close the door and chill without seeing the thoroughfare that is our hall! At this time during the summer, we would normally throw open the French doors in the kitchen and sit outside for as long as we can.

Capture Source: Instagram/perfectlypeculiarineveryway

Is there anything you’d do differently if you were doing it again?

I love our home and feel very lucky to live here, but my advice to anyone choosing a new build and everything at once would be to slow down. Take your time and ask lots of questions. Don’t feel that you must stick to the suppliers listed with your builder and shop around until you get it right!  

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