Poplar Lodge is a substantial country home designed to suit its rural setting. The house provides four large bedrooms at first floor and open plan living at ground floor. The house also includes other spaces essential for countryside living, including a family snug, larder and boot room, along with more contemporary features, such as the double aspect woodburner. An aesthetic including oak, composite slate tiles and traditional style windows all add the to the attractiveness of the house and its relationship to the village where it is located. A number of sustainable technologies have been included, such as photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels.
In order to secure planning permission to replace the detached 1930’s brick and pebbledash building which occupied this large site with a number of scattered outbuildings at Woolhampton in West Berkshire we had to address a number of issues including flood risk, protected species, highway access and proximity adjacent to the River Kennet and conservation area. The existing property was unsuitable for habitation due to its location on low-lying land susceptible to flooding and its inefficient, outdated construction.
The existing house on the site and a number of substantial outbuildings were demolished and their volume was consolidated in order to gain consent for the replacement dwelling and detached carport building with a home office at first floor. An attractive brick lean-to boundary building has been repaired and retained to enhance the boundary of the conservation area.