Normally as agents we don’t make boasting comments about properties on the basis that it is usually a trait of agents who are trying to over-sell something. However, on this occasion there are plenty of very credible details that should be mentioned to fully appreciate the quality of this newbuild, much of which is hidden within the construction.
The property measures 2087 sq Ft (194 sq m) but has capacity to extend by going up into the loft and adding another approx. 50 sq m. This was project managed from the foundations up by the existing owners who took a career break to oversee the construction. It was built as their forever home and, of course, is to a one-off architect design to maximize the space on the plot. A change of family circumstances has brought about this unexpected move for them.
This property has had money lavished on it. Throughout the building project, in terms of material choices, the more expensive options have been adopted. For example, the marble floor tiles are 1.2m square with marble skirtings. Each tile costs over £100. There is underfloor heating on a wet system served directly from the boiler and there is floor insulation beneath, so it doesn’t cost much to run. The house has been constructed over two floors but has the capacity to go into three floors and add about 48 sq m. That is 48 sq m if you want a standing height of about 1.5m at the outer sides to create another landing, bathroom & bedroom. (These figures are roughly scaled off an architect’s drawing.) There is plenty of room on the large first floor landing to take the second staircase without compromise or making it looking out of place. The pipe tails for plumbing, heating and drainage are already in place in readiness to convert the loft. There is ample ceiling height in the loft space with the flat part of a new ceiling being roughly 2.6m x 4.7m before the sides would slope. A loft conversion would make the property somewhere around 2,600 sq ft (242 sq m overall. To put things in context the addition of 48 sq m is the size of a well-proportioned one-bedroom flat. Two skylight windows are already installed in readiness.
Generally, throughout the property, the ceilings are higher than usual by about 1Ft (300mm). Also, there is an armored cable installed, but not connected, if anyone ever wants an electric car charging point. The fuse board is double the normal size to cope with the additional circuits as and when they are required. The driveway has been block-paved and can handle 4 cars. The central heating has five zones, three downstairs and two upstairs.
From a security point of view, there is a CCTV system and the glass in the doors is PAS 24 certified which is toughened glass but also flexible when trying to break it, so it stays intact through repeated break-in attempts. (There are multiple explanations of this on Google for further research.) The double width front door is high quality steel, and the bespoke staircase is solid Oak, as are the internal doors. Hidden within the walls is a weight bearing concrete wall which supports the steel frame that goes all the way to the top of the roof space. Refer to the loft photograph in the brochure. The insulation is such that it is a top-end band B on the EPC. It would require solar panels to take it to an A. Consequently, the house is very affordable to heat. The hot water is off of a pressurised tank in the utility room, so the showers flow properly. Marble has been used extensively and the bathroom fittings are high-end. The whole width of the back part of the house is devoted to a 32Ft (9.8m) wide Kitchen / Breakfast / Dining / Family Room with a 14Ft (4.25m) 5-section bi-fold door opening onto the full width patio. The stud walls downstairs are of plywood and OSB board construction which apart from making them of structural strength means that when you screw something to the wall it’ll stay there. The Hall and Landing are bright and positively luxurious in size measuring 8½ft (2.6 m) wide and 17½ft (5.3 m) long and 22½ft long (6.8 m) respectively.
There is some finishing off to do in that the utility room could use some carcasses and worktop, the study could use some fitting out, the garden needs topsoiling and grassing, and the exterior front balconies off bedrooms 1 & 3 could use some tiling, although they are watertight now, but otherwise the house is complete and signed off for building control, which, has been independently verified by Mark Adams, Building Control Dept. Cherwell District Council to us by e-mail despite not appearing on their website.