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A heavenly home with a touch of LA glamour; American inflences have been brought to bear on this stunning luxury home, writes Alison Jones.

Byline: Alison Jones

For years the nursery school on the plot of land on the edge of the Staffordshire village of Weeford nurtured little minds. The pre-schoolers played house or created their dream homes from building blocks or Lego, their imagination ?red by fairy tales and picture books.

But eventually this place of play and learning was replaced and in its stead there emerged another dream home, one created by an artist whose imagination was ?red by ?lms and the modern architecture of Los Angeles, and a project which ran in the mid-20th century where the leading designers of the time came up with visions of their ideal home.

Even on paper Angels House looked good. So good that it was bought off plan before work was completed back in the summer of 2008.

It is quite a remarkable looking house, almost a fantasy one might see in a ?lm.

Freelance artist and designer Michael Simon Toon, who originally hails from Walsall, was the man responsible for its singular looks.

His background wasn't just in architecture but photography, ?lm animation and graphic design.

He had worked in Los Angeles, a city built on creativity, innovation and the business of show, and was inspired by some of the contemporary buildings he saw there.

But he also drew on the past. The Case Study Program was a project created by a leading American architectural publication that was active from the end of the war until 1966.

The program saw iconic designers including Charles and Ray Eames and Mies van der Rohe tasked with looking to the future and coming up with visionary residences.

All this fueled Toon after he was asked to create his own version of "the very ?nest luxury home imaginable".

The village nursery occupied a choice spot in an elevated position on Church Hill, at the edge of the village and overlooking open countryside.

It was also well placed for the city of Lich?eld - just four miles away - with its shops, theatre excellent schools and breathtaking cathedral.

Angels House covers 4,315 square feet, arranged over a single level.

The house is luxurious and immaculately presented.

Its design incorporates the use of rare materials such as teak, which is present in all the bathrooms, cast resin, stainless steel, dark stained cedar cladding on the exterior and ipe (pronounced epay) for the wood decking.

Harmonious living is assured thanks to the Feng Shui in?uences that have been integrated throughout.

Windows have the wow factor as they stretch from ?oor to ceiling with retractable over-sized sliding panels in most of the rooms.

Floors are either cast resin, teak or soft carpet and ?tted with under?oor heating As is to be expected in a house like this, advanced technology has been incorporated with a Technics audio system ?tted, CCTV and an intruder alarm.

There are also environmentally sensitive features such as timber farmed from sustainable sources, geothermal heating and LED lights in the grounds.

Angels House offers four living rooms and four bedrooms with their own en suites. At the centre of it is the large drawing room, a stunning living area with a full height ceiling, an open ?replace and stairs rising up to the ?rst ?oor terrace.

Sliding doors lead to the sitting room, a unique retreat with a Japanese-style sunken seating area and fully retractable doors which open up to give wonderful views of the back garden.

Tucked into a corner of the house and accessed off a small hallway from the drawing room is a study. With ?tted desk and other furniture by Neville Johnson, this also has sliding windows out to the grounds.

For informal everyday living there is an elegant kitchen, dining and family room that is nearly 40ft in length.

The kitchen area features Miele appliances including two fridge freezers, ice maker, dishwasher, two ovens, microwave, coffee machine, warming drawers, wine chiller and an instant hot tap.

The bedrooms embrace the living rooms and are all the work of German designer Hulsta. The master has a built-in cinema, en suite dressing room, shower room and views over the swimming pool.

Three further bedrooms have have their own en suite shower rooms.

For the ultimate in relaxation, Angels House comes with its own private spa.

Beautifully ?nished, there is a Klafs sauna, a fully immersed Japanese teak bath with built-in TV and a wet room.

A more vigorous work out is offered in the spacious gymnasium.

There is plenty of storage in the house, with a coats cupboards and guest cloakroom.

A well equipped utility room has a Siemens washer and dryer.

For pure indulgence and al fresco entertaining, there is a large roof terrace housing a hot tub.

A heated swimming pool is at the back of the house while an extensive decked area runs along it.

The pool is overlooked by and easily accessed from the master bedroom. The property is approached via electric gates leading to a block paved driveway which along with other areas of the grounds, has been ?tted with LED lights.

A paddock lies to the front and the grounds are mostly laid to lawn.

In addition to its close proximity to Lich?eld, Angels House is within easy reach of Sutton Cold?eld which has an excellent choice of shops, restaurants and schools including Bishop Vesey Grammar, Sutton Cold?eld Grammar School for Girls and Highclare.

Also located nearby is the world renowned Belfry Golf Course.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 24, 2013
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