This project was a large new build house in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield for a private client near Sutton Park, making use of empty land located between existing properties. The construction of the house also allows for some dead trees to be removed and for the entire site to be properly landscaped, as it had previously had spoil and building materials on.
The client wanted a large, impressive home with plenty of room for entertaining, with a traditional Arts & Crafts design in a modern interpretation to match the neighbouring properties.
The main entrance is via an open porch into a large hallway which contains a feature staircase which rises to first and second floor level. The circular stair case is seen as soon as one enters the building and there is a feature roof light located over the centre of the stair. The hall also includes a feature stone full height bay window which extends through a gallery to be seen from the first floor landing.
The accommodation at ground floor level also includes a dining room, drawing room to the western side of the plan with a study to the front on the eastern side with an L shaped kitchen / breakfast / family room to the rear. The plan is roughly T shaped and includes the family room extending into the ‘T’ section which also includes changing rooms and the main swimming pool area.
The pool area is proposed with an exposed roof structure with a breakfast wall area to the western side and a feature bay window on the rear elevation looking out onto the rear garden. Adjacent to the study is a cloakroom and a secondary staircase which extends down to the basement accommodation and also proves an alternative access.
At this level built around the two staircase areas there are four bedrooms each with bathrooms and dressing areas as shown on the plan. Two of the bedrooms face the front of the house and the other two including the master bedroom face the rear. The rear bedroom on the eastern side extends out onto a terrace area which is built over the roof of the family room and pool changing rooms and this includes a high wall to the eastern side.
The terrace is set between the screen wall, the rear elevation of the house and the southern elevation of the swimming pool roof giving only limited outlook to the west as shown on the plans. The second floor level is set within the roof space and includes three more bedrooms and landing areas to the two staircases, the rooms are lit by a combination of Arts & Crafts-style gable windows, roof lights, and dormer windows all as shown on the plans.
A secondary staircase extends down to this level with a further cloakroom and under the hall and family room is a games room / bar area. This area has some natural lighting from light wells to the front and rear elevation which has been designed in as part of the overall layout. Other accommodation includes a gym, wine cellar and a plant room with the latter intended to serve the house and the swimming pool areas. Set behind the garage is an extended staircase which provides a secondary, garden and maintenance access to the cellar area.
The house is traditionally brick built with natural stone mullioned window bays and external features along with a mix of hard wood and bronze casement windows in keeping with the surrounding Arts & Crafts architecture.
All photos courtesy of Sam Coles Lighting.