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5 bedroom detached house for sale
- INCREDIBLE DETACHED HUF HOUSE - COMPLETED IN 2005
- CONSTRUCTED OVER THREE FLOORS
- MEDIA ROOM, CAT 5 WIRING
- THREE/FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
- FIVE/SIX BEDROOMS - FIVE BATHROOMS
- COVERED TERRACE
- 0.5 ACRES (STMS)
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 4533 SQ FT
Taking her small niece for a walk, Liz happened upon a Grand Designs film crew shooting an exquisite Huf house.
Having long admired the aesthetics and innovation involved in the creation of these exclusive properties, it set her thinking about the possibilities of building one.
I had loved them for many years and it was pure chance I came across a fantastic one - and then saw it featured on Grand Designs, she recalled. We had bought a plot in Beaconsfield with planning permission to build a six-bedroom home there.
As a secluded site, with mature gardens, it seemed the ideal place for a Huf house. Peter Huf came to assess it himself, and then came up with ideas for its size and design.
Balancing visual appeal with easy living and energy efficiency, the individually architect-designed properties are known for their cutting edge style as well as their ease of construction.
I loved the amount of glass they have, which means they are just full of light, said Liz. It is also their simplicity and yet their quality - and, of course, the appeal of being built in just four days.
Liz and her husband Nick thought carefully about what they as a family required from the Huf house and came up with plans to suit their own needs.
We had two teenage children at home at that time, so we put in a basement, where they each had their bedroom suites, plus a sitting room, she said. It was well insulated, which meant they could play their music without it being heard in the rest of the house. Our bedroom is on the top floor.
The idea was to allow the ground floor living space to be as open plan as possible, to make the most of all the natural light in the home.
The kitchen, breakfast room, dining room and drawing room come together to create a versatile, open plan space, she said. It is very, very flexible. At Christmas and for parties we can have a lot of people here and can change the space by moving the furniture.
And she added: My favourite area is where we have the double-height glass atrium, where we sit most of the time in spring and summer.
Then, we have a nice fire in the drawing room which is a lovely place to be in the winter.
The interior of the property does feel modern but the couple were keen to ensure it also feels welcoming.
We have gone for an oak floor throughout and have pared down the colour scheme. It is mostly a very neutral taupe, with splashes of vibrant colour in different rooms.
The kitchen, which features Kashmir White granite, was designed to blend in to the overall design. Corian was used in the bathrooms and much of the furniture is Danish.
ALL THEY SURVEY
All the upper bedrooms feature balconies. This ensures the glass exterior of the house can be kept clean but also adds a wonderful lifestyle element.
It is fabulous to be able to sit out there in the warm weather and to look out over the garden, she said.
A superb home all year round, the house will be hugely missed by the couple, whose children have now flown the nest.
It was a wonderful place for them to grow up and we have lovely memories of our time here with them and of all the social occasions we have enjoyed, said Liz.
It has been great fun and an absolute dream of mine to see this house built. It has been a glorious place to live.
Whether entering the capacious driveway of 17 Grove Road during the day or whilst it is illuminated at night, the first exciting view of the stylish architecture perfected by Johann Huf is extremely impressive. Absorbing the beauty of the front elevations and ascending the Indian grey limestone, it is obvious why this home was awarded ''Best New Build in Beaconsfield'' from the Beaconsfield Society in 2005.
This fabulous house opens its doors to reveal an incredible fusion of vaulted ceilings, a galleried landing, balconies and open plan, individual rooms. The revolutionary architecture creates an energy efficient home with triple glazing, electronically regulated heating systems, under floor heating, independent domestic hot water pumps for seasonal needs and wood elements fitted with a heat-insulation layer to reduce thermal bridges. The reception hall has immediate access to a contemporary cloakroom with charcoal hued ceramic tiling. The hallway has two further rooms, ideal for those who wish to work from home, or which could be utilised as a playroom and television room. The pale oak wooden flooring leads into the open plan living area which can be divided into various zones to suit individual needs. The mushroom coloured handle-less cabinetry provides a cornucopia of storage and blends with the stainless steel, in built Gaggenau ovens and microwave. A Ceran halogen hob lies smoothly within the Kashmir white/grey granite work surfaces.
You will find individual electric blinds that fit each window of the house, giving privacy at night and gentle shade when required in the day. Preparing the family meal is an absolute joy as the entire glass surround gives glorious views of the stunning garden and enables the chef to see through to other parts of the house, including the dining area and exquisite drawing room area. Each section has creative mood lighting, while a vaulted ceiling emphasises the sense of space. The drawing room boasts an opulent rectangular flame fireplace, housed neatly within the wall and a sliding door leading to the Indian grey limestone terrace. An additional door opens to the covered terrace area, perfect for summer alfresco dining with the warmth of a chiminea captured under the eaves of the framework.
Ascending the open glazed staircase, you will discover a grand galleried landing of glass and timber. The beauty of a Huf Haus is that it can be changed and adapted, depending on your needs. Currently a sumptuous and peaceful living space is housed in one area but this could be a sixth bedroom if required or an extension of the master suite. The master suite is a well proportioned room with a dressing area and balcony, a great spot to appreciate views over the hour glass shaped lawn while enjoying a cup of coffee. The en-suite bathroom has cappuccino, brown and cream Corian granite, exuding contemporary luxury and there is also a double walk in glass shower. This floor provides a further guest room which shares a balcony with the next bedroom which has an en-suite shower room. A second contemporary bathroom decorated in warm biscuit hues completes this glorious, light and airy floor.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
Descending to the lower ground floor of this superb Huf Haus, you will find two further bedroom suites with natural light, fantastic walk in wardrobes and generous en-suite shower rooms. The media room, with one wall depicting the Manhattan skyline at night, has been soundproofed so that the sound system can be used at full volume while the rest of the house remains undisturbed. A huge storage room and a fully equipped utility room conclude this spacious well designed level.
SETTING THE SCENE
17 Grove Road is sheltered by topiary and hedging to the front and equally so to the rear. The landscaped garden is approaching half an acre (STMS) and cleverly incorporates the raised timber borders to the front and side of the home, ensuring that the gentle flow continues to the rear garden. A secluded and very private mature, evergreen garden gives year long colour with borders housing shrubs in variegated leaf and flower beds. With its majestic trees and a beautiful mature copper beech tree, the gardens become a seasonal masterpiece.
Peter Huf always gives you a covered terrace, which is carefully positioned for the particular site, said Liz. Our garden is south-west facing and we can enjoy it all year round.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Beaconsfield New Town has a large Waitrose, Sainsbury, M&S Simply Food and several delicatessens for your daily shopping needs. There is an array of designer boutiques, along with hairdressers, beauty salons and many cafés on the high street which serve delicious food and pastries. Younger children can be entertained at Zoom the soft play centre and all ages will love to visit nearby Bekonscot, the world's oldest model village.
Nearby, Beaconsfield Old Town offers a wide variety of dining experiences such as Loch Fyne for fresh fish, Indian, Sushi, Chinese and excellent pub food. For a special treat, visit the renowned Crazy Bear boutique hotel with its incredible bar and restaurants. There are plenty of traditional tea rooms and on a Tuesday you can visit the open-air market which is buzzing with visitors and locals alike.
Buckinghamshire is renowned for its traditional grammar schools and there are several private schools in the area including preparatory schools Davenies for boys and High March for girls, both in Beaconsfield.
17 Grove Road is within a comfortable walking distance to the shops and a mainline train station. The Chiltern Line runs an excellent service from Beaconsfield to London Marylebone in 20-25 minutes.
Access to the M25, A40, M4, M1 and A40 are all within a 10 mile radius, providing access to Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports.
My husband travels extensively, so the close proximity to Heathrow is essential, she said. It is very easy to get anywhere from here.
Exit the M40 at junction 2; take the A355, signposted to Beaconsfield/ Amersham/Slough. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A355 and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the London Road/A40. Continue to follow the A40, then at the mini roundabout bear left into Beaconsfield Old Town then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Aylesbury End/ B474 heading into Beaconsfield New Town. After approximately ½ a mile turn left into Grove Road and Number 17 can be found after a short distance on the left hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is HP9 1UR.
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