The extensive works to a high specification luxury house in Sutton Coldfield are nearing completion, and the dedicated basement home cinema room adds a real wow factor!
An award winning ‘Super Prime’ Country House with extensive leisure facilities and ancillary accommodation extending to around 19,000 ft2.
Janes Architectural were approached with regard to taking on the detailed design and assisting with the project management for a substantial new build country house located on a green belt site in Warwickshire. Planning consent for the property had been previously obtained by renowned classical architectural practice, ADAM Architecture, who had secured consent for a significant property based around a ‘butterfly’ format with an adjoining leisure wing and Annex.
The client had a detailed brief with regard to the materials and building systems to be employed as well as the sustainability and energy efficiency of the building, with the long term intention of the property being able to operate ‘off grid’. With the building form and layout already set out and hand drawn plans available, Janes Architectural was required to liaise with the consultants already identified for the project and to source and introduce new consultants and specialist sub contractors, combining all information in order to produce the detailed design and specification which also involved several amendments and many refinements to the initial scheme. The building was to incorporate the following features and systems;
Janes Architectural worked closely with the client, who wished to play an active role in the design and procurement team throughout the project. We assisted with assembling the team and the various specialist sub contractors having design input into the scheme. Detailed drawings, specifications and schedules were prepared for all aspects of the project from the superstructure and steel frame to the cinema room and wine cellar. We were responsible for the selection and detailed design of external and internal materials, all architectural features and lighting, with interior designers concluding with wall coverings and soft furnishings.The detailed design process and build programme proved to be particularly challenging in many ways with numerous technical and design issues to overcome. The challenges were met, managed and effective solutions accomplished to ensure that both technically and with regard to the finish and quality the new home superseded expectations.
- Basement with reinforced concrete slab and ICF (insulated concrete formwork) walls using waterproof concrete.
- Precast concrete plank floor structure.
- Steel framed structure to leisure wing.
- SIP’s (structural insulated panel) roof structure throughout.
- Walls clad in natural stone and facing brickwork.
- Roofs clad in clay and slate tiles, lead and single ply membranes.
Interior / accommodation / features
- ‘Wet-room’ bathrooms with natural stone & marble finishes.
- Extensive limestone flooring.
- Three storey self-supporting limestone helical staircase with stainless steel balusters and oak handrail, enclosed limestone stone spiral staircase and feature oak main staircase.
- Frameless structural curved glass balustrade, doors and screens.
- Bespoke designed joinery and fittings throughout.
- Enclosed platform passenger lift.
- Basement Wine Cellar, cinema room, games room, snooker room & playroom.
- Relaxation / Gym area, underground squash court.
- Swimming pool with extensive stone finishes, barrel vault ceiling, sauna and steam room.
- Comprehensive plant rooms, linked by an underground passage.
- Coffered and barrel vault ceilings with concealed LED strip lighting.
- Extensive and fully fitted garage accommodation.
- Separate self contained two bedroom annex.
- Groundkeeper’s out buildings and stores.
- Tennis Court.
- Space heating by ground source heat pump with under-floor heating.
- Hot water heating by combined Solar thermal and ground source heat pump.
- Mechanical heat-recovery ventilation throughout the property.
- Air Source Swimming pool plant.
- 50 kW photo-voltaic Solar array.
- Rainwater harvesting system.
- On site waste water treatment.
- Back up generator.
- ‘Lutron’ lighting control system.
- Integrated Audio Visual system.
- Advanced security and fire alarm system.
Batts Hall under construction
Demolition of a large bungalow and construction of new home with basement leisure facilities and car parking, having internal spaces of around 11,500 ft2.
Luttrell Road, Four Oaks Park conservation area.
The original property sprawled across the entire width of the site and was uncharacteristic of the traditional 2 and 3 storey properties built on this estate during the early 1900’s, many of which are now listed buildings.
The brief was to secure planning consent for the demolition of the existing property and construction of a new home having traditional appearance but with spacious internal accommodation to suit an extended family.
A classic double fronted appearance was adopted for the new property with the floor plan set out around an ‘H’ format, with central staircase overlooking the grounds to the rear via a large bay window. Tile hung gable roofs over-sailing two storey bay windows to the front, with a cantilevered roof and balcony serving the master bedroom to the rear completed the look.
The garaging was originally intended to be in a separate coach house to the side of the property however with significant resistance from the local authority to having a garage visible to the front of the property. The only option available without compromising the living accommodation was to go underground. With this in mind the opportunity arose to utilise the majority of the space below the ground floor as additional basement accommodation.
In total the basement solution houses five to six cars, two plant rooms, a dedicated split-level cinema room, gym and wellness centre with Spa pool, steam room, sauna and relaxing area as well a wine cellar.
The ground floor houses a large kitchen breakfast area, four further reception rooms each with a large stone open fireplace, study and utility / second kitchen. A wide oak feature staircase provides access to eight bedrooms, six with En suite facilities, and two with open fires, there is also a further bathroom and Attic storage.
The result is a handsome & deceptively large family home concealing a few nice surprises below ground level, and with more than ample space for the family to enjoy.