Our brief for this new house was to provide a modern and highly sustainable home with strong aesthetic credentials.
It has been conceived as two closely-associated single storey elements linked by a low flat-roofed spine. One has a traditional dual-pitched roof, the other a lower mono-pitched roof; both reflect the rural location and low-lying agricultural buildings typical of the region.
In terms of materials, walls will be constructed with red brick, standing-seam metal cladding, and timber cladding, both natural and stained black. Roofs will be clad with the same metal cladding, composite slates and a dark grey single ply roofing membrane where flat.
The building is modest in scale and incorporates a number of highly sustainable features including low-profile in-roof photovoltaic panels and an air source heat pump. It has also been designed with Lifetime Homes standards in mind so that it will provide accessibility, flexibility and inclusivity. It is envisaged that the construction will include the extensive use of responsibly sourced timber.