This new four-bedroom house is located on the footprint of the existing 1980s dwelling it replaces. Located in the Greenbelt and offering panoramic views across the Limpley Stoke valley, the house is designed as two simple interconnecting volumes that make use of the site topography. The split-level accommodation places the open plan living space at its heart with a connection to the garden, and the more private master and guest bedrooms above and children’s rooms at the top. Featuring an internal heat recovery system, it will be constructed using a masonry plinth and heavily insulated timber frame (clad with horizontal and vertical cedar boarding) to achieve an sympathetic, economic and sustainable solution.
Location: Freshford, Wiltshire
Status: Completed 2015
"We embarked on this project having never undertaken anything as big or risky before. It is not every day that you just knock over a house that you have lived in for the past few years! And although the process was at times scary and daunting, we put our trust in Chris and Lucy who worked tirelessly through the project, accommodating and resolving all the challenges which we gave them. The resulting house is everything that we hoped for and more…..it is a wonderful house to live in, with flexible and practical living spaces – great for family life and entertaining. The design makes superb use of the site and views, and it is filled with daylight. It is always warm (with minimal running costs) and every day we pinch ourselves and remind ourselves how lucky we are.
The house has attracted many complimentary comments from visitors and passers-by, and is a testament to the skill and tenacity of the architects, who looked after the project, and us, brilliantly from start to finish."