This fantastic new home is single storey above ground with an extensive sunken terrace and subterranean level. It has been sympathetically designed to be in keeping with its setting.
Materials have been carefully considered throughout this home to allow it to be striking in design yet respectful of its rural surroundings. The strong, linear plan form is enhanced through Purbeck stone walls and Cedral cladding which both provide a vernacular material appropriate to the area.
This house is a truly sustainable home. It incorporates rainwater harvesting for use in 3 of the 4 toilets and to water the many plants. 22 solar panels supply power for the clients' own use and any excess is streamed by an inverter to the hot water tank producing plenty of very hot water as well as being sold back to the grid. The whole house is fitted with mechanical ventilation and heat recovery which has proved very successful. An efficient log burner provides heat throughout the day in winter, burning wood from trees cleared from the site, new native species have subsequently been planted. There is no boiler but the house has zoned electric under floor heating for use on a very limited basis. The house has also been fitted with an electric car charger point.
Photography: Stuart Cox