Best House in UK 2002 - Britannia National Homebuilder Awards

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Best House in UK 2002 - Britannia National Homebuilder Awards

Best House in Ireland 2002 Britannia National Homebuilder Awards 2002 in Partnership with The Daily Telegraph


 
By using basic materials and a simple layout, but developing both in unconventional ways, we were able to deliver a house that offers everything the modern family is looking for. Space, light, clean finishes, storage....all are present in abundance, along with the bonus of a secluded garden and covetable views.
 
The secret is in the planning. Conscious that the house should be economical to construct, the accommodations were designed within a very simple box. It is visible from the plans how straightforward the envelope is: minimal extrusions, a basic rectangle, with a traditional pitched roof on top. In fact, you could even say that externally, the building is "undemonstrative in character". Materials are certainly modest, extending to rustic brick, concrete roof tiles and Iroko window frames.
 
However, the interest within this project comes from the adept manipulation of space. For example, by positioning the box tight along the boundary of the site, and introducing a curving wall to shield the garden from cars, an attractive sanctuary is created that relates comfortably to the interior. Within the four walls, stringent planning has ensured that no square centimetre of space is lost. The curved wall continues inside the house to create an impressive hallway, in which the staircase, as the main circulation route, benefits from maximum light. Downstairs, a kitchen servery opens out to a split-level living/dining room, creating an easy informal space to live in, while all the unsightly functional aspects are hidden behind closed doors. Instead, all eyes are focused on the open fire in the living room, positioned so that the surrounding floor-to ceiling windows reveal the best views of the garden.
 
In addition, an extensive deck maximises the potential of external living. Further flexibility is offered in the way that the integral garage can be converted to provide additional living accommodation if required for a granny flat, office or playroom. Despite its simple format this house still manages to delight both inside and out. Attention to detail, combined with a clever use of space allows this building to look uncluttered yet remain practical for a family. Deceptive simplicity, a sense of quality and making the best use of the setting and views provide a winning formula.

 

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