Our clients owned a fantastic piece of riverside property within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The existing bungalow was dilapidated and ultimately not worth saving. The site was in the flood plain and had suffered previous flooding, so this was a critical aspect of any new design thinking. Self-sufficiency was a priority for our clients, both in terms of the new building and food production.
The new building is raised up from ground level, both as a response to the flooding issues and as a way to gain interesting site views to the vegetable gardens and greenery beyond. The project also includes a separate garden annexe and a workshop building.
The house features vaulted ceilings, open plan spaces and large glazing areas where appropriate. As avid cooks and hosts, a generous and flexible kitchen and living area suit their needs. The result is a spacious, light, welcoming and low maintenance building with low annual running costs.
- Highly insulated reinforced concrete superstructure
- Photovoltaic panels for electricity and solar thermal for water
- Ground source heat pump to heat the spaces
- Rainwater harvesting
- Additional planting of fruit bushes and fruit trees