New England-style home in Thorpe could be yours for £795,000
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 August 2015
A New England-style home in Thorpe called The Boat House - a self build dream of its two owners - is for sale for £795,000.
Tucked away at the bottom of Thorpe Hall Close in Thorpe, Norwich, by the River Yare, you might not expect to find a luxurious New England-style home complete with verandas boasting cobalt blue painted cane chairs and tables.
This property, in an elevated position, enjoys a superb setting looking out over the water with several balcony areas at different levels.
Interestingly, this house comes with a fascinating story in how it was built because it was constructed from a pre-engineered system - rather like a ‘flat pack’ with the parts ready made and assembled on site - to the design of its owners.
The vendors were very much inspired by trips to the USA and those Colonial-style, New England homes with white weather boarding and verandas where you can sit and let the world go by. Here, they tell what was quite a journey in their own words:
“Having lived for more than 10 years within Thorpe Hall Close the chance arose to acquire the last remaining undeveloped plot of this mid to late 1980s development.
“Our friends owned the plot along with their very desirable river frontage home. They wanted to downsize but remain in the close, it’s a place that has a hold, and some of the residents have been here since completion of the development back in the 80s.
“So we sold our home to our friends and helped carry some of their belonging across the road. We rented a flat, again within the close, that looked directly at the plot.
“For six months we tended the site, mowed the grass, and pruned the trees. Then in autumn of 2012 the massive piling rig arrived; 24 piles down to a maximum of 18 metres; within a day it looked like the surface of the moon. The chalky residue and quagmire obliterated our lovely garden.
“Then trenches were formed to hold the steel cages which attached to the top of the steel of the piles. Then concrete, 32 cubic metres or thereabouts, was poured one Saturday morning. The base to build up from was there to see. We could now visualise the size of our new home.
“On top of this reinforced ground beam 24 brick piers were built to hold the galvanised steel ring beam, then the block and beam floor was craned in. That’s the foundations.
“Exciting days in early 2013 when the house was delivered ‘flat pack.’
“However, the winter was unkind and work stopped, we shovelled the snow off our roofless structure and kept looking down at the wooden skeleton from the flat.
“Spring came and the roof went on and walls were bricked up around the pre- fabricated shell. Windows and doors followed; it was watertight and safe.”
Just as important, is the fact this house is very energy efficient because of the use of environmentally friendly and sustainable insulation panels actually manufactured from recycled vegetable oil.
The Val-U-Therm mixture is injected into the timber frame panels with every cubic millimetre filled with insulation foam and the benefits are that this home is really cheap to heat.
Inside, off a large hall is a fabulous kitchen/dining/entertaining room which opens out with two sets of bi-folding doors onto the full width ground floor veranda.
You have three/four reception rooms including a large first floor, vaulted sitting room and three/four double bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en suites) as well as a cloakroom.
Outside you have the lawn leading down to the water’s edge with frontage and moorings as well as a car port and space for parking at the front.
This is a truly wonderful home in a peaceful setting ideal for shutting out the stresses of the day and unwinding in your own little piece of paradise.
• The Boat House, Thorpe Hall Close, is for sale for £795,000 with HouseSimple