Fancy getting your hands on a piece of award-winning architecture in a leafy suburb of Birmingham?
When numbers 5-43 Mapperley Gardens, Moseley, were built in 1965, they were the first FrameForm timber-framed houses to be built in the UK.
Designed by architect Ian Ferguson, the homes, based on a building method that hails from the USA and Canada, were considered so innovative that they won the Woman’s Journal House of the Year award in 1965.
This gem, tucked in the corner of the quiet cul-de-sac, is one of those ground-breaking, timber-clad houses and it’s now on the market.
At 1,981 sq ft, it’s a generously proportioned open-plan home with fitted solar panels, and has five bedrooms and even a hidden, sunken hydrotherapy pool in the main living space.
It sits in an excellent plot in an elevated spot and enjoys superb panoramic views over the city, allotments, Old Joe – the university clock tower –
and the QE Hospital.
With more than a hint of Mondrian style on the first floor and an open-plan layout on the ground floor that makes full use of the living space, the agents say this is a house that must be viewed to appreciate it.
The reception hall has a louvered door to fitted cupboards, understair storage, stairs to the first floor with contemporary spindle balustrade, and louvered double doors to the open plan living space. There’s also a cloakroom with wc, hand basin and fitted storage.
The main reception space has been extended and provides versatile living/dining accommodation with study area.
Double doors, with floor-to-ceiling windows on either side, open on to the gardens and allow you to enjoy the open views. Two further sets of double glazed sliding doors also open on to the gardens and outside entertaining area, which means the room feels very light and open.
There is maple flooring throughout and a lift-up floor section reveals a sunken hydro-therapy pool with shower area and heated towel rail. This main living space also has fitted storage cabinets with sliding doors and display shelving.
The dining kitchen is spacious and is fitted with modern, white high-gloss wall and base units, as well as a suspended glass shelf and triple glass-fronted display cabinet. A stainless steel six ring gas hob has an extractor fan that is concealed behind matching fascia.
Large windows to the front and side ensure the space is bright, while the dining area has double doors to the outside entertaining area and door to the side garage and utility room.
The ground floor accommodation also has a study with fitted storage. This room could easily be used as a snug or additional bedroom.
Fans of the artist Mondrian will appreciate the first floor, which has doors painted in the distinctive style, with black skirting boards, ceiling coving, balustrade, and door frames.
Folding louvered double doors open on to an airing cupboard, which also houses the gas central heating boiler and water tank. The landing also has a double glazed portrait window and fitted book/display shelving.
The first bedroom has doubled glazed doors and Juliet-style balcony, folding louvered double doors to a fitted wardrobe, picture shelf, storage cupboard, and hand basin set into vanity unit with cabinets below.
The second bedroom also has a fitted double wardrobe with folding louvered doors, while the third has double-glazed double doors and window to a Juliet-style balcony, fitted double wardrobe with folding louvered doors and a door that opens into bedroom four.
The fourth bedroom is spacious and has double glazed double doors to a deep balcony that enables people to soak in the panoramic views over the allotments, Edgbaston, Rea Valley, and beyond.
There are four double glazed windows to the front and side, wash hand basin with glass shelf over and storage below, an open wardrobe and fitted double wardrobe with folding louvered doors. Two doors lead to bedroom four and five.
A family bathroom has a white suite with panelled bath with chrome mixer tap and shower attachment, hand basin and storage. There is a separate wc.
To the side of the house is a large garage and utility. It has double wooden doors to the front, tiled floor, fitted storage shelving, power and lighting, stainless steel sink with space for washing machine below, base unit, two skylights, outside tap, electricity supply and access to the rear gardens.
A detached double garage has an electronically operated up-and-over door, power and lighting, shelving and door to the rear.
The gardens are another talking point of this unique home. There are lawns with mature borders, trees and shrubs, as well as a decking area and sun terrace. A circular paved seating area provides additional space in which to relax, while a tiered side garden has a feature waterfall.
Agents – Robert Oulsnam and Co
Telephone - 0121 396 0602
Guide price - £675,000