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Upper Common Cottage, Ellisfield

Design and build of a house in green oak framing, replacing a 1960ís bungalow.

The young couple had just bought the bungalow on this site and the architects were asked to visit the site to advise on a potential extension. On visiting the site it was clear that the bungalow was a very uninteresting house on a fantastic site. The architects advised that the bungalow be demolished and a new house be built to make the most of the steeply sloping site and beautiful views.

Once the couple had recovered from the shock proposal of demolishing the house they had just bought, they returned to the architects for proposals. Because of the slope on the site the main living accommodation could be placed on the first floor and by the use of a balcony this could then lead directly onto the upper garden. The bedrooms would then be on the lower ground level with direct access out to the lower gardens.

The completed house sits naturally into the countryside. The first floor is one single space housing the living, dining and kitchen areas and sliding doors give direct access to the external balcony where there are beautiful elevated views over the lower gardens and fields beyond. The balcony runs the full length of the west elevation and wraps round the north side of the property to form a larger elevated terrace, which in turn is connected to the upper garden by a bridge.

The ground floor rooms are traditionally constructed in masonry and at first floor a green oak frame forms a dramatic double height space. One of the trusses is designed as a hammer beam truss so that clear views can be had from a galleried mezzanine. The carpet is set flush into a stone floor surround giving a great feeling of luxury to the lounge and dining area.

AWARDS:

  • Ibstock Downland Prize - 2005: Shortlisted

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