A family home is attracting attention from passersby after it was painted entirely white.
The once humble three-bed detached home was transformed into a remarkable residence after its owner gave it a makeover with bright white gloss.
Its chimney, roof tiles, driveway and garden fence have all been daubed with the brilliant shade – forcing neighbours to push on sunglasses before they step out the front door in Leeds.
The proud owner, a self-taught classical and jazz music conductor and pianist, took his inspiration for the paint job from a small opera house painted white he saw in the USA a few years before buying the property.
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: ‘I just like a refreshing, modern look – it’s my idea of modern elegance.
‘This is a big student area and I’ve never had any negative comments – everybody loves it.
‘All the positive comments I have had over the years have inspired me to keep developing it.’
The White House of Leeds: This once humble three-bed detached home was transformed into a remarkable residence after its owner gave it a makeover with bright white gloss
Cocktail Hour: The house has its own bar called Blue Orbit where his friends gather for parties
Playing at home: The unnamed owner has even arranged a room with a piano and space for his musician friends to come over for music sessions in his house
Other decor at the home, worth approximately £250,000, includes a silver model rocket and bronze-coloured bust of Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi.
The bust, located outside the home, made from bronze and coated in 24 carat gold, was unveiled by Leeds University’s head of music faculty with an open air concert.
It remains as bright as it did 12 years ago when it was first installed.
However, a more recent exterior edition is a stainless steel rocket which was designed by a friend of the proud homeowner who works in aerospace engineering.
He said: ‘This design reflects my love of design engineering.
‘I have always done a lot to the interior and have had a cocktail bar I call the ‘Blue Orbit’ built.
‘This is all lit with classic neon light and I often have musician friends over for a jazz night.
‘The open plan space is big enough for a small band, with guitar, drums, bass and me on piano.
‘It’s a nice place to entertain and play music.
‘But I think I am getting to the point now where it is getting saturated and I feel the work of art is complete.’
‘Now it is just about maintaining it.’
‘The open plan space is big enough for a small band, with guitar, drums, bass and me on piano. It’s a nice place to entertain and play music,’ the owner said
A gold-plated bust of Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi stands outside the home which was unveiled by Leeds University’s head of music faculty with a concert. A silver model rocket also stands outside the house
Shiny and new: The home’s lustrous glow is maintained thanks to the quality of its build materials and a lot of tender loving care
The home’s lustrous glow is maintained thanks to the quality of its build materials and a lot of tender loving care.
The roof’s tiles are made of galvanised steel which were baked in gloss paint – meaning they will never shed the brilliant whiteness and its walls are repainted every three to four years.
The music-loving perfectionist was reluctant to reveal how much he has spent on his work-of-art home but said: ‘I’ve spent a fair amount but I don’t keep a record.’
One neighbour living close by said: ‘I think he has done a smashing job with it – it improves the look of the street
‘The owner is a smashing bloke too.’
Others living nearby have taken to social media to share their thoughts on their very own White House.
Neil Watson, who applauded the homeowner’s design choice, posted: ‘If the owners like it what does it matter?
‘People spend far too much time bothered about what others are doing and not enough looking at themselves.
‘Let them enjoy their home how they want it.’
Annabelle Baron-Medlam commented: ‘I think it looks very smart!’
However, Andrew Spink disagreed. He posted: ‘Would not be out of place on a council estate through.’