We are currently working on proposals for a new build house design in the borough of Uttlesford, Essex close to Saffron Walden.
Drawing inspiration from the local agricultural vernacular, of Essex black barns, the house is a single storey, barn like form, clad in black timber. Planned around an entrance hall and stairs to a loft space, the house is in 2 distinct wings. On one side is a master suite, 2 bedrooms and bathrooms. The other contains a kitchen, dining and living space open to a vaulted ceiling. The house is designed to be of exemplary energy efficiency, with high levels of insulation and air tightness, utilising off-site construction SIP panels for efficiency as well as using renewables to promote off the grid living.
The house sits well into its site, against a north facing treeline, and with views across fields to the south. Viewed from far, the house appears at first to be a barn conversion, rather than a new build house, which is completely intentional. The design furthers the conversation about building new houses in rural settings, and how modern housing can draw inspiration from the local vernacular. This design approach was 100% supported by the local council.
The project is currently at planning stages.