You may have read about this house or seen it featured on Grand Designs. Our clients began their quest to build a new house by purchasing a ramshackle dwelling (originally a chicken shed) on a 50 acre site in the New Forest.
To sate the requirements of the local Conservation Officer, our design solution was to adopt the concept of a small group of buildings huddled together on a hillside, forming a composition in the landscape.
As it happened, our clients were anxious for what they called a ‘great room’ - ie. large open-plan living space. Beyond this they wanted just one en suite bedroom, a ‘home office’, small guest suite and an ‘engine room’.
It wasn’t long before we therefore had three buildings in mind: a large ‘barn’ or living space, a small single storey ‘stable’ (for a bedroom) and a 3-storey ‘silo’ with engine room, guest suite and office.
The three elements were to be linked with fully enclosed glass bridges; one of them having water running beneath.