This mature site had full planning permission for a ‘suburban type bungalow’. We felt it was inappropriate for its rural location and for the requirements of modern day living.
The foundations of the previously approved house had already been constructed, therefore the position and size of the new scheme was determined.
The new brief involved spatial re-organisation, opening it up and improving natural lighting and circulation whilst sympathetically refreshing the external appearance to achieve a modern yet vernacular dwelling.
The design concept is to fragment a simple traditional form (the main rendered house) with contemporary box shaped elements (the lead box dormers, the timber clad porch and the rear sun box) to produce a progressive addition to the landscape which is locally familiar.
The detached garage, coupled with established planted boundaries, creates an entrance courtyard just off the public road. The timber clad entrance box contrasts the white rendered volume giving legibility to the front door. The sun box to the rear connects the main open plan living areas to an outside space, positioned to capture afternoon and evening sun, while the house itself provides a degree of shelter definition to this outdoor room.
The more private functions of the house such as the bedrooms and bathrooms have small apertures reinforcing a greater ratio of solid to void respecting past rural traditions. In contrast the social areas of the house have large sections of floor to ceiling glazing allowing a direct connection with outside and uninterrupted views towards the rural countryside beyond.
A pared down palette of hand crafted materials creates clean lines and a contemporary language for what is an appropriate simple rural form.