4 bedroom detached house for saleAvenue Road, Rushden
Sold STC £650,000
- Winner of Best Oak Frame House 2015
- Stylish Open Plan Living, utilising "floating" Oak and Steel frame
- Devol Kitchen with Range Cooker
- First Floor Living Room
- Ground Floor Double Bedrooms with En suite
- Three further 1st Floor Bedroms including Master Bedroom with En suite
- Landscaped Gardens
- Gated Off Road Parking
- Double Garage
- Air Source Heating and Central Vacuum System
Exceptional 2015 award winning oak framed contemporary modern home in semi rural situation close to Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire border.
Description - A unique Carpenter Oak built, 2015 award winning and contemporary designed oak framed house, situated in a semi-rural location close to the Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire border. The design of the house combines materials and techniques more usually associated with modern industrial design, together with those of a more traditional oak framed home, creating a truly unique and stylish modern family home.
Externally the property features an attractive combination of Northamptonshire dry stone walling together with red cedar wood upper facias and large areas of glass under a stylish contemporary blue zinc roof.
Internally the open-plan configuration has been designed to provide a comfortable and spacious home ideal for entertaining yet retaining a comfortable family atmosphere. Great care and attention to detail has been given to the interior design and high quality fittings which run throughout the property. The use of steel feet under the oak frame has accentuated the feeling of light and space, creating a floating effect to the oak frame, which sits inside the main external walls and roof (all of which are formed of structural insulated panels-SIPs).
The light and airy interior shares the living spaces across both floors, with vaulted ceilings, double height voids and light filled atrium areas all making excellent use of the sunshine streaming in through the triple glazed windows. At the heart of the house is the bespoke Devol kitchen, which includes freestanding pieces including central island unit and range, which in turn opens into the dining and seating areas. The ground floor also has a double bedroom with en-suite. On the first floor stairs rise into a spacious lounge where windows lookout over a Sedum roof to the landscaped gardens. The master bedroom has en suite facilities, full height sliding glass doors protected by stylish Juliet balconies overlooking the garden and there are two further double bedrooms with similar full height glass doors and family bathroom.
The property boasts an integral LED lighting system carefully considered to allow control of most areas of the house to select programmed mood lighting and accentuate features such as the oak frame, artwork and specific seating areas. These various lighting scenes can be programmed to reflect your needs to ensure the property is filled with light whenever the time of day and whatever your mood.
Outside to the front, remote controlled gates lead to a gravelled drive way in front of the garage. The landscaped gardens lie to the side and rear of the property and includes raised decked areas providing ample opportunity for entertaining and alfresco dining.
Vendor Comments - This stunning award-winning four-bedroom oak frame eco house is located to the south-east of Rushden in a semi-rural position close to the Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire border. It was constructed in 2015 by the owners, on part of the orchard adjoining their original traditionally built home.
Having a preference for open plan living and natural materials, the owners decided to build themselves a home that was eco-friendly and more suited to their lifestyle. The result is a unique house that is only the second of its type in the UK. It is constructed using an innovative floating oak and steel frame that sits within a shell of structural insulated panels and utilises triple glazed windows and has dry stone walling sourced from a local Northamptonshire limestone quarry. The attractive stonework is complemented by red cedar cladding, which has a specialist coating to maintain its colour, while the blue zinc roof, which was chosen for its long term durability, transmits no noise when it rains, much to the surprise of visitors.
Internally, there are very few ceilings in sight, the light and airy living space at the back of the house being a high vaulted atrium, which has a 3. 7 metre glass wall that beautifully frames the established trees in the garden beyond. The ground floor is primarily devoted to a lovely open plan space with a top-of-the-range deVol kitchen plus dining and living areas offering plenty of entertaining and circulation space, especially when opened up to the extensive raised deck outside. A further living space on the first floor looks out over a flat roof planted with Sedum, which appears to meld into the garden landscape beyond.
An Air source heat pump provides a filtered and dust-free airflow throughout the house, which is helpful for those with respiratory problems, while other eco-friendly measures include a central vacuum system and rainwater harvesting. The heating and the vacuum system are discretely housed in the double garage of the house. In addition to the decking area, the garden path leads to a raised oak pergola. The remainder of the garden is mainly laid to lawn with planting in raised beds, which is now maturing in its first full growing season, while shade is provided by established trees.
Pleasantly set well outside the urban area of Rushden, the house is nevertheless within easy reach of all its amenities, including the new Lakeside shopping and leisure development near the A45. In a wider context, the M1 and the larger centres of Northampton, Milton Keynes and Bedford are also readily accessible
Accomodation - Ground Floor
The property is accessed through a bespoke contemporary styled door. You are immediately hit by the double height glass atrium framing the garden beyond. The hand crafted oak frame, which provides the focus of the entire house, sits on steel feet which accentuates the feeling of light and space has been designed to create a free flowing interior ideal for entertaining, but also retains distinctive living areas. Steel pig nuts incorporated into the construction of the oak frame continue this contemporary take on a traditional build product. The heart of the house is the superb Devol Shaker Kitchen area, with a range of fitted cupboards incorporating a number of freestanding pieces including a large central island unit with double Belfast sink unit and mixer taps. There are granite work surfaces and appliances include a Rangemaster cooker and induction hob under a contemporary extractor and wrap around unit for an American fridge freezer. The open plan interior has slate flooring through-out the ground floor.
The kitchen opens into a spacious dining area and this in turn sits adjacent to the light and airy atrium which is overlooked from the 1st floor balustrading and has space for seating, a contemporary log burner and full height windows and sliding glazed doors leading out into the garden. A superb oak stair case with glazed balustrading leads to the first floor. Beyond the dining area is a further cosy sitting area with further sliding doors leading out into the garden.
The ground floor also has a double bedroom with contemporary styled en suite shower room and there is also a Cloak room with W.C and washbasin and useful utility room, with further storage, plumbing for a washing machine and Belfast sink unit.
The oak stair case rises into the light and airy first floor sitting room, this room is galleried to two sides, overlooking the ground floor and emphasising the oak frame uprights as they rise from ground floor through to first floor. The vaulted ceilings feature the seemingly free floating oak frame and a full width window looks out over the Sedum roof to the garden.
The Master bedroom has large glass sliding doors protected by stylish Juliet balcony overlooking the gardens. There is a superbly tiled contemporary style en suite shower room. The two remaining double bedrooms also have full height glass sliding doors and Juliet balconies and there is also a family bathroom with a feature oak beam and beyond it a slipper bath. Each en suite and the family bathroom feature high level clear glass panels adding to the spacious feel of the internal layout as well as floor level eyelid LED night lights on PIR sensors.
Outside - To the front, the property is accessed via a remote controlled timber gate. This leads to a spacious gravelled parking area standing in front of the double garage. A gate leads to the gardens.
The landscaped gardens lie principally to the side and rear of the property. A large sun terrace leads to areas of raised decking, ideal for entertaining and alfresco dining, with further borders. The remainder of the gardens are largely laid to lawn with further planted borders and a number of well positioned mature trees. The gardens are enclosed by post and rail fencing with a laurel hedge. The garden path leads to an oak pergola seating area.
The double garage has electric doors, power and lighting connected and contains the air source heat system and centralised vacuum control unit.
Location - 81 Avenue Road is situated on the south eastern boundary of the town in a semi-rural location close to the county border with Bedfordshire. Rushden is a vibrant market town in east Northamptonshire, the town has both primary and secondary schools and a variety of shops and public houses. Larger supermarkets, including Waitrose are within a five minute drive. A new shopping and leisure complex is currently under construction off the A45 which when completed will include shopping, restaurants and a cinema. The independent Harpur Trust schools in Bedford are approximately 13 miles away, and Wellingborough School is approximately 4 miles away and Kimbolton school is approximately 10 miles to the east. Bedford and Wellingborough both have main line stations with direct services to London St. Pancras International and the Bedford service takes just 35 minutes. Also nearby A45 and A14 Trunk Roads.
Directions - From the roundabout intersection with the A45 take the exit signposted towards Bedford along the A6. Proceed over four sets of roundabouts following signposts towards Bedford. After 0.75 miles turn left into Avenue Road and follow this road for around 0.25 mile, where the property can be found on the left hand side of the road.
Services - Mains water, drainage, and electricity are connected. Heating is provided by air source and electric heating. Supplemented by wood burning stove. Water Harvester collection of rain water for use in the toilets contributes to the environmental sustainability credentials in this super insulated, low energy home.
Central vacuum available throughout the house.
The high filtration capacity of the air source heating and ventilation system will be of interest to those hay fever or asthma sufferers as pollen and dust are totally filtered from the environment. The air supply system distributes filtered air to all rooms.
Additional Information - Local Authority
East Northants. Telephone: 01832 742000
Council tax band G
Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country on 01604 309030.
Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Agents Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
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