Gibson Lane

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A sustainable countryside ‘home for life’

This new-build rural home is located at the heart of Haddenham, an historic Buckinghamshire village. The scheme will see the demolition of an existing carport and studio – replaced by a high quality and energy efficient house which responds to the immediate and surrounding context. The proposal will create true ‘lifetime’ home – a space that suits the client’s current needs, but also one which is flexible enough to adapt to future needs.

The form of the proposed house responds to the adjacent barn and buildings in the surrounding area, which are predominantly domestic or prominent outbuildings. The ridge and eaves height of the house relate directly to the adjacent barn with minimal carefully placed openings creating a symmetry with its agricultural neighbour. With ground floor service spaces located to the front of the building and generous living spaces located to the rear the design establishes an important connection between the building and its surrounding gardens.

High-quality materials and finishes have been carefully considered to achieve robust simplicity and elegance and to respond to the local vernacular. The walls of the house will be rendered in a lime, containing a warm toned pigment. The rendered walls will sit on a concrete plinth which raises the lime render from the ground to protect it. The plinth is a more contemporary interpretation of a historic local detail. Flat terracotta tiles will be used rather than the profiled tiles on the adjacent barn to bring a more contemporary detail to the roof.

This proposed design offers a new house that responds to the rich local character and creates a subtle contemporary addition that will harmonise with the wider historic context. The house will provide an energy-efficient, lifetime home for its owners.









Key design objectives

Offer a light-filled home with a sensitive contemporary twist in a rural location.


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