Large Country House

The original house was constructed as a modest dwelling for a farm worker and restricted with an agricultural occupancy condition.  The house was later upgraded in the 1980s but was poorly designed and sat uncomfortably within its grounds.

Our scheme sought to rectify this and create a country house worthy of its location. Taking a holistic approach and using a design inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and in particular Phillip Webbs, Standen House.

The house was substantially rebuilt and extended to provide fabulous family accommodation. Large, floor to ceiling sash windows to the front and rear bring light into the core of the house and respond directly to the long distant landscape views beyond.

A pallet of vernacular materials incorporating hand made clay tiles, brick with flemish bond and rendered panels, harmonise together to create a soft tone of elevational treatment.

Joinery was key to the success of the project and internally the sash windows are provided with traditional recessed shutters and panelling in the kitchen area has been carefully designed to disguise the shutters which can close down on a dark evening.

The internal flow of space creates elegant informal living and a new bespoke staircase dominates the entrance hallway with a double height vaulted space.

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