Hidden House

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Ashburton, Devon
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Ashburton, Devon to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their New replacement house.

This large half acre site in the centre of Ashburton was occupied by a small 1950s bungalow of limited merit. Eilir and Frederieke bought the bungalow with the view that one day they would replace the bungalow with a new contemporary house with a strong environmental agenda. They required five bedrooms, a large kitchen and an open living space.

The new design occupies the same footprint as the existing house, whilst providing two stories of accommodation. The building is timber framed, clad in a combination of white painted Dutch bricks and pre-patinated brown zinc. The flat roof has 20 PV solar panels, providing all of the house’s electricity requirements. High performance aluminium windows, underfloor heating and a high level of insulation throughout make the house very energy efficient.

This radical design, in the local Conservation area, was granted planning approval by delegated powers in April 2010. Construction was completed in late 2013.

Fortunately we don't have to search the country too hard for inspiring design. A property i feel fits this bill is Hidden House in Ashburton. Not only is the building clever in its fabrication, but perhaps even more so in its execution - something of utmost importance when plans for the new build had to ensure there was no impact on the neighbour's countryside views.

Jennie Cooper, Editor. 'Devon Home Magazine' December 2014 issue

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