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The task was to build a replacement dwelling on a site directly adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), outside of any development zones and as a replacement for an original but seriously dilapidated farm-house. The planning application documents included a thorough response to all of the policy statements contained in the local plan, the National Planning Policy Framework as well as the ‘Wealden Design Guid’.
The images provided demonstrate one of the key components of the given brief; that being a desire to combine both traditional methods and modern fenestration. These were to help take advantage of the amazing views of the AONB but still getting the unique setting.
The design is unashamedly traditional, utilising details found on buildings in the area such as exposed rafter ends, half-hipped roofs, timber shiplap cladding and conservation roof lights and we were keen to provide design elements that whilst being rather more modern, such as the full-height glazed entrance and the large glazed gable to provide the client with uninterrupted views of the glorious countryside, would nonetheless work with the overall design.
Our favourite design feature is the double-height, fully glazed entrance lobby with galleried stair, designed so as to ensure anyone entering the house is going to be immediately wowed by the views across the countryside.