This recently completed new family home in rural Oxfordshire is situated in the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was designed to achieve a very high level of sustainability. It also meets the exacting Lifetime Homes standard, incorporating features which facilitate accessibility and inclusivity.
We are experienced in gaining planning permission for replacement dwellings such as this where planning constraints exist and we are used to maximising development potential for our clients. The five bedroom dwelling replaced a small two bedroom cottage (see the black and white photograph taken during its demolition) yet careful design has ensured that its low-lying form has minimal impact on the surrounding countryside.
Traditional materials were carefully selected – brick with stone features, clay plain tiles and oak framing. The result is a timeless architecture which will mature gracefully yet concealed within the fabric are energy saving features and a layout specifically designed to suit a young and growing family.
Mechanical services include an air source heat pump which provides underfloor heating at both ground and first floors and photovoltaic panels which provide low-cost electricity. Thermally efficient low maintenance aluminium clad timber windows were selected and the envelope exceeds requirements in terms of thermal insulation.