Smart contemporary home reflects historic Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 12:11 03 April 2017
James Francis Homes has competed its latest development, an eco-friendly, four-bedroom, contemporary home at 5 Paget Road, Ipswich
The development started as a garden plot from the large gardens at The Cedars, a former Victorian School on Anglesea Road, which James Francis is currently restoring and converting into two large homes, each around 4,500 sq ft. These are due for completion in autumn this year.
The James Francis design team worked closely with the Ipswich planning department and committee to agree a contemporary design that would blend with the surrounding architecture, which reflects all eras but is predominately Victorian.
Red Flemish bond brickwork and white cement pointing reflect the Victorian era, while the aluminium windows are a more modern feature, and the panelled glazing reflects a more traditional Victorian design. This has been combined with cedar cladding to soften the impact of a modern home.
The dilapidated boundary wall on Paget Road was carefully dismantled and rebuilt using the old bricks, and as a result the building was recognised and featured by the Ipswich Society in their most recent awards.
Inside the home, no expense was spared in ensuring the latest technology and best materials were used to craft a truly stunning home. A Loxone Smart Home system has been installed, which enables the prospective owner to fully control all the electrical features of the home, such as heating, lighting, multi-room audio, gate entry and security from a smartphone or the two tablets provided. The system learns as it works over time, offering cost savings on heating, for example.
The house has a beautiful German-built lava black satin kitchen and utility, with matt glass doors, real walnut worktops and smoked glass splashbacks, with Smeg, Liebherr and Neff Integrated appliances.
There is a large open plan living and dining area with tri-fold and quad-fold double glazed doors to the garden, as well as a more formal sitting room behind pocket doors. There are four double bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, and a large family bathroom. All have bespoke walnut vanity units.
The house sits in the middle of a good sized plot with parking for five or six cars behind cedar clad electric gates. It has a generous rear garden with established planting and ground and wall level lighting. Underground there is a 3,000 litre water recovery tank, which provides a constant supply of free water to the outside taps in the garden and carport.
To view: Nicholas Estates T:07872120298