My Clients had a clear view of what they wanted as their new home on a large plot. I worked closely with them to develop their brief, create design concepts, and a final design that ticked all the boxes. Deep roof overhangs, large internal rooms that link together and with the surrounding gardens, covered external sitting areas, and a large kitchen/living/dining area with vaulted ceilings provide a great family home. This will certainly be a stand out feature house in the town of Underwood.
My Client wanted an ultra modern open plan house with cantilevered floors and double height spaces. They also wanted the house to visually and physically connected to their gardens and the countryside beyond. One of the Client requests was for a bespoke staircase that rose up through the double height space. With the help of a glass specialist, I’ve designed a stairs that will appear to defy gravity with the steps floating between two sheets of very strong structural glass.
The site is located adjacent to the village of Woodborough’s conservation area and so this was always going to be a challenge with the planning department.
I designed a home that ticked all their boxes and also negotiated the planning system to gain the planning consent my Clients need to turn their dream into a reality.
Situated on a tree-lined lane in East Bridgford, this project involves the demolition of an old family home to make way for the construction of a new family home.
3 generations of the same family will be accommodated and so an annex has been incorporated that will allow the family to co-habit while having definable and private space.
I designed the home to take advantage of the enlarged surrounding gardens and the path of the sun through the sky to provide well daylit interiors and open connections to the garden areas.
My brief was to create a ‘forever’ home that would provide my Clients and their family with a home that would last them for the rest of their days. I was asked to create a layout that was flooded with natural daylight. A layout that was open plan in nature but zoned so that each area had an identity. Sleeping accommodation was to be located on the first floor. But they also wanted a bedroom suite to the ground floor for guests and for themselves in their latter years.
My design incorporates all these desires and also takes full advantage of the views the site enjoys across open countryside and a large garden field where the Clients keep chickens, ducks and a selection of other animals.
The front of the site is accessed off a lane where the semi-private drive and garage is located. The rear of the site is private and has been fully opened up with glazing and full width door openings to connect the interior of the house to the garden and fields beyond.
Designing a new home for a Client who is an engineer and an artist was always going to be a challenge…
However, our collaboration has worked well and a beautiful home has been designed that connects with the garden areas, takes advantage of the sun’s path through the sky and fully provides their requirements for how they want to live in the house.
Zones have been created inside that flow with the sun’s path and the time of day that the Client’s will be using those area, from early morning sun to the office and day lounge, to late evening sun to the evening lounge and external patio areas accessed via fully opening folding sliding doors.
A simple palette of timber cladding and brick with strong shapes creates a composition which is both contemporary and soft with low maintenance requirements.
This three storey house replaces an existing bungalow that sits on a North-South orientated plot. A recent housing development located some 70m away to the south of the plot on lower land blocked views to the open Derbyshire countryside. I developed the design to reinstate these views from the first and second floor levels. A south facing balcony to the Master bedroom is also provided to take full advantage of the beautiful countryside views.
The kitchen and day-lounge is located in a single storey side annex with full height vaulted ceilings and a three storey high entrance area creates volume and an expansive feeling of space. A corner of the kitchen/day lounge fully opens up with the use of folding sliding doors to provide uninterrupted access and views to the garden and covered patio area which has an external fire/BBQ area.
Having a large garden is such a lovely asset for many things ranging from garden parties, golf practice, apple trees, and also for a new home designed to your particular specification. Tucked out of view in a village location, my Clients had a garden that offers just that opportunity.
A modern home has been designed to exacting standards that will provide a low maintenance, highly insulated and well day lit home. The house has been located on the plot to take best advantage of the suns path through the sky, to provide gardens to the east, south and west of the house and daylight penetration to the interior. The ground floor living rooms all connect with the gardens, a central atrium with skylights fill the centre of the house with daylight, and the modern design gives our Clients the home they desired.
Located on the edge of a countryside village, my Clients bought a small bungalow on a large plot which had the potential for spectacular views across the countryside. There was little merit in keeping the existing bungalow due to its layout, poor thermal capability, and the VAT implication of refurbishing and extending an existing structure.
The decision was made to start afresh and to demolish the bungalow to make way for a design of a new house that could provide my Clients with exactly what they wanted.
The site was analysed, the sun path calculated and the best views to the countryside agreed. The resulting design provides open plan living space to the ground floor that spills out onto private southerly gardens, with views to the countryside secured through the positioning of the bedrooms, balconies and viewing zones. A light well is located to the centre of the house to bring plenty of daylight into the ground and first floor areas.
A contemporary house hidden away from view in a wood full of oak trees sounds like the ideal location to live. And it is. A farming family wanted a new home that they could move into on their land in the green hills of Wales. With beautiful views across the valley, the design opens up the front and rear elevations with almost complete floor to roof glazing and a double height internal space that makes the inside and outside visually feel like one space.
Locally sourced natural materials are used to help make the house blend and age with it’s natural habitat. The layout is split into three zones. One for living, one for sleeping and one for circulation that links the other two together
Environmental design is close to their hearts and so a ground source heat pump is being integrated to provide all their hot water and heating requirements. A local natural spring will also provide water.