4m Pool Hall in Wishaw Home of the week: , Sutton ColdfieldA dramatically different extension enhances the features of this Victorian country house in stunning style, writes Alison Jones16:30, 4 JUL 2014Updated14:24, 21 JUL 2014Pool Hall in Bulls Lane, Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield.
Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe origin of the name Pool Hall is shrouded in mystery.Though deeds can trace the presence of a property on the site in Bullls Lane, Wishaw, close to Sutton Coldfield, back at least 400 years, there are few definitive clues as to what gave its title."We have not been able to find out why it was called that but I would think it was to do with water, whether it was pools or ponds in the grounds," says the current owner, Mick Dunne.There are pools there now two ponds in the garden and a space for a pool table in the striking contemporary extension that has been added to the house.When Mick and his wife Yvonne bought the property seven years ago as a home for themselves and their children Calum, who is 21, and Scarlett, who is 10, a Victorian house has replaced the original hall a plaque on coach outlet coupons vitacost the wall dating it back to 1852.Though handsome and well maintained, it was sorely in need of an update and a reconfiguring of rooms."Structure wise the property was good," says Mick. "It looked fine. But it hadn't been decorated since the 1970s. It was all avocado bathroom suites and layers of wallpaper. When we took the wallpaper off there were slight cracks here and there so coach outlet stores deer park ny we were advised to take it off coach outlet sale yarn and start again."We took up floorboards, took plaster off the walls, did the electrics and the plumbing. We started with a shell. But we have done it all as sympathetically as possible."The number of bedrooms was reduced from eight to six so bedroom suites could be created with dressing rooms and private bathrooms.On the second floor the ceilings were raised to create spaces more suitable for guests than the servants who probably used to reside up there.But the biggest transformation has been to the land at the side of the house where the extension now stands.Rather than attempt create a faux Victorian replica, the Dunnes have gone for something dramatically different, with the blessing of the city planners."The first architect wanted to go down the traditional route. We said we wanted a lot of glass and big family entertaining area where we could have meals and talk about our day."On that side you get the sun all day so the glass was really important"We went to Birmingham City Council planners for a consultation. They said we were trying too hard to match it to the original building. What they much prefer these coach outlet stores fraud days is for the original to look original and the new to look new. They were very happy to see a modern box on the side rather than something traditional."The Dunnes brought in a new Bob Ghosh of K4 Architects, Birmingham, to help them realise their vision of an open plan, light filled living space which recalled the minimalist buildings of the 30s and the style of Miami."Though we don't really get the weather here but when we do it works really well," adds Mick."There is solar film on the glass.
When it is 25 degrees outside, the house stays cool. You step outside and it is like being on holiday.".
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