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Labour of love and more than a little expertise; Alison Jones takes a look an impressive Solihull home that is the result of one couple's hard work - one supplied the vision the other know-how.

Byline: Alison Jones

Years of experience as a plumber have made Alvar Williams a handy man to have around the home.

So when he and his wife Maureen built a new house on a plot of land they bought in Silhill Hall Road, Solihull, he was able to turn his hand to much of the work inside himself.

"I was able to do all the heating, tiling, and plumbing. The trades where I had to call someone in - brick laying, roof tiling carpentry and the electrics - I have people I can trust who I have known for some years. But I project managed it, as well as doing a lot of the work."

The house is very much the result of a collaboration between the Williams with Maureen coming up with the ideas of what she wanted in the house and Alvar ensuring they were realised.

She also took charge of the landscaping of the gardens.

The couple have built houses in the past, which has helped to hone their taste in interior and exterior design.

Box Trees was built on land which used to be part of the grounds of another of the houses in the upmarket residential street.

Southam-based architect Malcolm J Peters completed the drawings for the project based on the couple's ideas.

Although the interior of the house is almost uniformly contemporary, the exterior has a more traditional look as they worked within the guidelines laid down by the local council, who were keen that the outside was in keeping with the neighbouring homes.

"They said they wanted bays and for the windows to be a certain size," said Alvar.

"They also asked for it to be half rendered. I was a little doubtful about that at ?rst, but it has turned out better than I expected."

The couple also added personal touches, such as the unusual solid oak front door and the grey colour scheme round the windows and on the garage which works well with the creamy white of the render.

Inside the look is sleek and uncluttered but coupled with a feeling of luxury, with touches like wet room en suites, Porcelanosa sanitryware and Corian worktops in the stunning kitchen.

"Everything has its own place. We like things to look neat and tidy," explained Alvar.

"With the ?replace in the living room my wife decided she wanted cladding so we had to work out what kind of ?re could go in and then build it to suit.

"She has the vision and I make it happen."

Box Trees has taken two years to complete starting in January 2009.

Despite all the hard work they have put into the house, Alvar says the idea of selling isn't too much of a wrench.

"At the end of the day you can do it again. The hassle of building goes with the territory, you either want to do it or you don't. I think there will probably be another project in the future."

Box Trees is set behind automated gates guarded by an intercom system. There is a block paved driveway which circles round a neat area of garden with sculpted shrubs and bushes to the side.

The house has been .tted with 21st century technology.

Discreet under?oor heating adds to the uncluttered look and there is also low energy lighting.

A solid oak door leads into an impressive reception hall with solid oak staircase. Oak veneer double doors open into the large living room with its bespoke designe?replace .

Bi fold doors access the terrace and rear garden.

The kitchen is arguably the most striking room in the house because of its sheer size, ceiling to ?oor units and central island - the units housing top of the range integral appliances.

There are more Bi fold doors in addition to two sets of patio doors, extending the room out into the garden.

A useful study, dining room, guest cloakroom and utility complete the accommodation on the ground ?oor.

On the ?rst ?oor the master bedroom has an impressive walk-in wardrobe with automated lighting plus an en suite bath/wetroom with rain shower.

Bedroom two also has walk-in wardrobes and another en suite shower room. Two further bedrooms both have ?tted wardrobes and are served by the high spec family bathroom. There are two further bedrooms on the second ?oor, one of which is being utilised as a gym. Both have plenty of storage and access to a shower room located on this level.

The gardens are predominantly laid to lawn with well stocked borders. There is also a patio close to the house, perfect for al fresco entertaining.

Box Trees is at 2a Silhill Hall Road, Solihull. It has a guide price of pounds 1,275,000 and is being sold by Savills. For details call 0121 713 4000.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:Aug 25, 2011
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