This is a five bedroom, three bathroom, 390 sq.m replacement farm house on an agricultural farm. The clients are a farmer and his family who were keen to build a contemporary interpretation of a traditional farm house.
The local planning policy required vernacular forms to be applied to the design and we successfully gained approval with the full support of the planning department. The “L” shaped plan creates a sense of enclosure at the rear of the property while still allowing the remarkable views of open countryside to be appreciated from the property.
The design includes the use of locally sourced marmstone for the external walls contrasted with panels of white render. The interior has been carefully planned with a central feature circular galleried staircase with double height picture window that offers views of the countryside beyond. The house is constructed using traditional cavity wall construction with a partial steel frame.
Cost effective and sustainable heating is provided by a ground source heat pump and a solar array assists with providing hot for water requirements. A whole house ventilation system prevents the needs for trickle vents to the windows that allow warm air to leak from the property.
1st Architects designed the house, gained planning approval following extensive negotiations with the planning department and provided all construction drawings.