striking elevation of modern countryside house with timber cladding

The Hacienda

A striking contemporary countryside house in Downton overlooking the Wiltshire Downs.
Location Downton, Wiltshire
Status Built
Use Residential
Client Private

This stylish new home replaced an existing pebble-dashed 1940’s bungalow of no architectural merit, offered to our client by their father.

The bold, two storey design incorporates large expanses of glazing to maximise panoramic views across the countryside and allow light to flood the interior.

The planning approval was hard fought, obtained by utilising clever detailed design solutions in order to overcome strong objections from the local representatives of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)


Project Awards & Recognition

Self Build & Design Magazine
April 2019
contemporary timber and zinc house

The floor plan is specifically designed around the views, with the majority of the open plan living spaces located on the ground floor, orientated to face the south and west, whilst the first floor plan allows each bedroom to gain an elevated perspective of the south facing views.

A material palette of larch cladding, which will turn a beautiful silver over time, grey brick and powder coated aluminium windows and doors give the building a clean crisp aesthetic.

bright yellow modern kitchen with blue chairs at breakfast bar
glass balustrade reflecting light
Aerial of new contemporary house

WDA have designed us a beautiful, yet practical home that suits our living style and makes the upmost of its location. They also recommended us to some excellent local builders.”

Testimonial: Private Client

Open plan living area

Photography  Stuart Cox
Size  208 sqm
Build Cost  £500k
Completion Date  2019

Contractor  Matrod Frampton
Steel Frame  JP Fabrications:
Glazing  Velfac
Aluminium Doors  Bournemouth Glass and Glazing
Larch Cladding  Bennetts Timber
Roofing  Volsen Ltd
Heat pump and PV  PowerNaturally Ltd

“It’s not a huge house but the open-plan layout and glass make it feel far larger”

Client quote

Study and library area with stunning views

Concept image created during the planning process.

visual of new contemporary house The Hacienda