This new house in Berkshire is situated in a hidden clearing at the confluence of the River Kennet and a major tributary stream. Piled foundations and careful design overcame poor ground conditions and any flood risk. Bedroom balconies take advantage of the stunning views and the kitchen incorporates stacking pocket doors which afford wide-open access to the riverside terrace and garden.
A smaller property of poor quality was demolished in order to make way for the replacement dwelling and an existing well was tested for suitability. Water was found to be potable and new pumps were installed, providing the new house with an independent supply of drinking water.
An ecological impact assessment indicated that specific measures should be taken to maintain a habitat suitable for bats as they are a protected species and a garage outbuilding was designed to incorporate suitable features.
Building services are highly sustainable with an air source heat pump and MVHR system.
"We are so very grateful to you for steering us through the whole process of building our new home. We would be the first to confess that we had no real concept of what would be involved, but you helped us to see the potential of the plot and carried a dream into reality.
Before we though architects just drew nice plans, but we now realise you do far far more! Amongst your many skills it seems you are also liaison officers with everyone involved – planners, builders, surveyors, myriad contractors, environmental people and ecologists – and accountants to sort the finances out (and that is no doubt not all!)
We are truly delighted with the result and love the house."
Mr & Mrs P Bowring