Inspired by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens & The Arts and Crafts Movement
Seven Oaks has been built by Period Homes and designed in the style of the greatest English country house architect of the early 20th century, Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens. His career lasted 50 years at a time when Britain was at the height of its prosperity, and his Edwardian clients, men of wealth and often power, reflected the opulence of the times. Not only the design but also many of the materials and construction techniques were imported from England. Several trips were necessary to visit and document Lutyens' most important country houses, resulting in the accurate and thoroughly researched reproduction of many of the features of his best country houses.
The Arts and Crafts movement was a design movement developed first and most fully in the British Isles that flourished most especially between 1895 and 1910. The influence of the English Arts and Crafts Movement became the foundation for Lutyens' creative career. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms in a picturesque, romantic style. The design and construction of the property is a tribute to Arts and Crafts principals where workmanship is paramount.
The main entry door is based on the Portcullis doors designed by Lutyens for Castle Drogo in Devon, the last castle to be built in England, and probably the last private house in the country to be built entirely of granite.
Carved almost entirely by hand, the door took several months to complete. The front door lock is an exact reproduction of the Bramah lock used by Lutyens on the original front door at Goddards in Surrey.
The Stairs & Gallery
The post & beams in the gallery are imported European oak hand carved to replicate the first floor corridor at Lutyens' 1901 "Marshcourt" in Hampshire.
The Drawing Room
The proportions of the design are based on the Roman Corinthian order of architecture. The horizontal sections correspond to the six main Corinthian elements - base, shaft, capital, architrave, frieze and cornice. The architrave and cornice are done in true plaster as is the strapping on the ceiling.
The Library & Music Room
The library cabinets are lined in mahogany with mouth blown antique glass in the manner of the period by Bendheim Specialty Glass. Five Northwest facing windows provide the ideal natural lighting, All windows in the house contain dual laminated panes of safety glass and applied lead to provide the period look without any issues associated with true leaded glass. The flower arrangement on the piano represent a few of the 60 varieties of David Austin roses from the cutting garden.
The Great Room
The Formal Dining Room
Note the Antique Victorian mantlepiece, true plaster crown moulding and antique candle chandelier. The silk damask walling is imported from Gainsborough Silk Weaving Co, Ltd. Gainsboroughcould be described as a working museum with 15 working Hattersley looms - which are in some cases up to 100 years old - making up the majority of the factory machinery. Despite their age, these looms still produce the beautiful cloth for which Gainsborough is best known. Awarded the Royal Warrant in 1980, Gainsborough has produced many fabrics for the Royal Family and state buildings, which include Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St. James’s Palace, Winsor Castle, The Houses of Parliament and the vestments at St. Paul’s Cathedral, among others.
The Powder Room
The "Unfitted" Kitchen
A refreshing alternative to built-in cabinetry, unfitted -- or furniture-style -- storage options infuse a kitchen with character and charm.
The Morning Room
The Morning Room has two walls of windows facing East toward the rising sun and overlooking the pool. Also shown are Bennison hand-printed linen drapes and imported Cotswold limestone flooring. The edges of each piece of limestone were hand pillowed on-site prior to installation.
The Upstairs Gallery
The imported European Oak beam work is a reproduction of the first floor gallery at Lutyens' "Munstead Wood." All of the posts and beams are hand adzed, put together using the period technique of mortise and tenon and held with 100-year-old oak pegs. The adze work gives the wood the effect of slightly rippled water.
The Master Bedroom
The Pink Bedroom
This large bedroom is one of several rooms decorated with Bennison Fabrics. Bennison is an English Company specializing in hand-printed fabrics based on 18th and 19th Century English and French textiles, originally discovered and reproduced by the late, renowned antique dealer and decorator, Geoffrey Bennison. See below regarding the antique fireplace behind the bed.
The Blue Bedroom
This Spacious bedroom with 10' ceilings overlooks the pool. Notice the meticulously reproduced 19th century cabinetry and window seat. Each brass cabinet knob is a clone of an original antique and were cast by the time consuming and demanding lost wax process in Buxhill, England by Brass Foundry Castings Ltd.
The Pool & Spa
When the surface of a pool is flush with the deck, it creates a highly reflective surface and the water appears motionless as it flows over all the edges simultaneously. A deck-level perimeter overflow is often called “knife-edge” or “zero edge” because the slot where the water falls is almost invisible. It is also called “Lautner-edge” after Los Angeles architect John Lautner who first adopted the concept.This pool is edged in volcanic lava stone imported from Hawaii with a dark interior finish to help to produce the mirror-like surface. The grass is Penncross Creeping Bentgrass, which is typically used on putting greens.