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The Project

Demolition of a 1960’s house and construction of a substantial new five bedroom family residence with indoor swimming pool having internal spaces of around 7,500 ft2.

Charnwood House, Four Oaks Park Conservation Area.

The Challenge

294 existing front - 6The client’s originally lived in separate properties adjacent to the plot. When their neighbour decided to sell up, they joined forces and took the opportunity to purchase the property with the intent to build a new home for them selves!

Janes Architectural were instructed to come up with a design solution more in keeping with the traditional property styles on the private estate but with interior spaces set out in a modern way with the kitchen being the hub of the home.

 

The Solution

294 completed rear - 51Inspiration was taken from the houses of renowned architect of the Arts & Crafts movement, Sir Edwin Lutyens, and with the exterior of the property in particular, every effort was taken to ensure the materials and detailing were true to the period. Internally specifications were more up to date with precast concrete floors, under-floor heating integrated audio, lighting and security systems etc.

The site had the benefit of a southerly facing rear aspect, the internal spaces were set out to maximise the benefit of this orientation with a raised terrace across the rear of the property connecting the principle rooms and the pool hall. This provided daylong sunlight (when available), and a wonderful relaxing and entertaining space overlooking the grounds.

294 completed pool - 18Internal accommodation comprises a large kitchen / breakfast / lounge area with fireplace, doors to the rear terrace and an internal corner window overlooking the swimming pool. There are three further, well proportioned, reception rooms all with feature oak bay windows and stone fireplaces. Along the North East boundary is the garaging, utility, plant and changing rooms for the swimming pool and spa, which in turn extends out into the rear garden. The pool hall has sliding folding doors with flush access to the terrace and a tall bay window providing seating space and overlooking the garden.

294 completed stair - 28A central oak staircase with mid landing and views over the rear grounds leads to five bedrooms, four having En suite facilities and a family bathroom, which also serves the second floor accommodation. On the second floor there is a large attic room with fireplace ideal for a playroom, teenagers lounge / games room or a further bedroom suite.

Clients View

“Having known Simon for may years and of his excellent reputation there was no contest for the works with other local architects. Simon listened to what we wanted from our new home, and his ideas were up to date and inspirational. The attention to detail was second to none and thanks to Janes Architectural we now live in an amazing home admired by many.”

– Verity Petty & David Hill

civic society awardDesign Award

To the delight of the clients, the house was joint winner of the Sutton Coldfield Civic Society Design Awards 2008 along with ‘Luttrell House’ also designed and delivered by Janes Architectural. The property set a trend for further ‘High End’ bespoke self-build development on the estate.

 

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