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Nicki and Andy strike the perfect work/life balance at Paintworks

Bristol couple Nicki Pang and Andy May have found their ideal home and workspace in one at Crest Nicholson’s popular Paintworks in Arnos Vale. Nicki, an interior stylist, and her partner Andy who runs his own cider business, Scrumptious Wild, recently purchased their three-bedroom house, including a double-height work unit, at this creative hub.

Nicki and Andy were won over by Paintworks’ distinctive charm as soon as they visited the development. Nicki explains: “When we were searching for our new home we thought we wanted a period property, but we have always loved to visit the bars and restaurants of Paintworks. One day we decided to view the show home and were just blown away – it had that wow factor that you don’t expect to find in a new build.”

Thanks to Nicki’s talent for interior design, the couple has personalised their home with stylish furniture and clever decoration. Nicki says: “The double height work unit has a concrete floor – we loved the industrial look and have played this up by installing a mezzanine level with scaffolding. We dipped the rails in matt black paint and fixed them in place with gold fixtures to create a unique space.”

Nicki houses her collection of interior design books on the upper level of the mezzanine floor, while Andy runs his cider business from the lower level. Andy comments, “My cider business had outgrown my dining room table but the cost of renting a work space would have been expensive and risky. Our new home at Paintworks has provided Scrumptious Wild Cider with the space and community it needed to flourish. I couldn't imagine anywhere better for my business."

Nicki and Andy enjoy being part of the vibrant, creative community of Paintworks, with Nicki adding: “At our old home we hardly used to speak to our neighbours, but here we regularly have games nights, dinner parties and cocktail evenings. We have made some great friends and there is a real neighbourly spirit. It is fantastic to be amongst so many like-minded, creative people.

Properties at Paintworks are available from £300,000 and many homes are available using the Help to Buy scheme. For more information, please call 0117 2444070 or email

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