Grand Designs in Tbilisi

Grand Designs in Tbilisi

Design imageAfter years of renting we’ve finally decided to take the plunge and buy a home of our own.

Sometime in 2016 we’ll move from the flat which has been our home since Georgi first began his recovery into a brand new flat just up the road. There’s a lot of work to be done but we’re looking forward to the day when we can finally move in. The advantage of this place is that it already has a wheelchair ramp (a BIG plus when we first saw the place - and something which is a bit of a rarity or an afterthought in building design in Georgia), the lift goes from the garage level right to our front door (so no steps to negotiate), and it’s even closer to Lana’s mother’s building than our current place - just around the back, in fact, and we rely on her daily visits to help out with Georgi.

The building is also in a cul-de-sac so there are no cars screeching past at all hours of the day or night, and our South-facing living room balcony looks out onto an interesting and quite large area which is just people’s back gardens - and there’s a great view of the sky too, so it’s going to be great getting the telescope out on those warm summer nights. All in all it was perfect so we knew this was the place for us - though we have also let our hearts rule our heads by digging deep to buy the smaller apartment right next door for use as a guest house and, eventually, as Georgi’s home because the balcony there is huge and has an even better view. It’s just too good an opportunity to pass over as this would give us a spare apartment to rent out and provide Georgi with an income in his later years… he’d probably move into the smaller one and rent out the larger one which we’re currently buying. How we manage to do all of this is anyone’s guess - but it’s got to be done!

Here are a few pictures - bear in mind that these photos were all taken during the late afternoon in mid-January, so you can see there’s plenty of light all year round.

Left - Building exterior from the street
Right - Entrance with wheelchair ramp and garage below (with elevator stop)

Building exterior from the street Entrance with wheelchair ramp and garage below

Living room - kitchen wall on the right and entrance to bedrooms on the left

Living room

Bedrooms

Bedrooms

Living room balcony facing the kitchen window (big balcony of flat next door in background, reflection of slim man with full head of original colour hair in window… which must be slightly convex… we should have asked for a reduction for that)

Living room balcony facing kitchen window

Panorama view from living room balcony

Panorama view from living room balcony

Big balcony of one-bedroomed flat next door

It needs work but our big dream is to turn this into a handicapped-accessible guest house which would be eventually become Georgi’s home in years to come, and then the big flat can be rented out to provide him with an income when we’re no longer able to look after him.

Big balcony of one-bedroomed flat next door

View from the big balcony next door – back-gardens – very peaceful

View from the big balcony next door – back-gardens – very peaceful

As the song goes… “All you need is love” (& money!)

Lana has some good ideas about furnishing though it’s important that we take this guy’s ideas into account…