World War II bomb shelter transformed to luxury five-bed home

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  • No longer a leaky shelter, this modern home now has a £1.4million price tag

    ‘Zinc House’ looks like something you’d expect to see on an episode of Grand Designs. This newly converted, ultra-modern, five-bed property in Essex is the epitome of luxury. And it comes with a whole lot of history.

    Located in the middle of a field in Essex, the property is a former Nissen hut, which were built as shelters for troops during the First World War.

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    Nissen huts were also used as bomb shelters during the Second World War and their decaying, rusty remnants can still be found across Britain. Today, many of these semi-circular structures are used as garden sheds and for agricultural storage uses.

    But Zinc House, in the hamlet of North End near Braintree, has been totally transformed into a modern family home.

    Spread over two floors, a dramatic Italian glass staircase greets visitors as they step into the hall. But the centerpiece of the house is the spacious, open-plan living room and kitchen, with bi-fold doors stretching along one wall.

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    Two of the bedrooms are also on the ground floor, along with two bathrooms, a study, a sitting room, a utility room and a plant room.

    Upstairs is the master bedroom with a dressing area and en-suite bathroom. More bi-fold doors lead to a sheltered terrace with extensive farmland views. Two further bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are also on the first floor.

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    But perhaps the main selling point for the house is the latest eco-credentials it flaunts. These features cut household bills to a minimum, and include an ultra-efficient ground source heat-pump central heating system, which draws warmth from the earth – something I’m sure the soldiers would have appreciated!

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