The Brow

A contemporary country home.

Growing up in Rural Wiltshire I spent a great deal of time exploring the corridors and rooms of traditional farmhouses and cottages. To me there is great importance in the way that materials are used and celebrated to make a house more than just a building.

We began by reminiscing about the sounds and smells of those early memories; the warmth of the sun on the cold stone tiles, or the smell of well waxed wood and old books. Then we looked at how combining modern and traditional detailing could further celebrate those strengths.

Vistas through the home were played with to ensure that whilst some remained minimal, hence framing views out of the building, others were cluttered with intrigue so as to convolute and slow ones perception of the spaces as you enter them.

Throughout the house a balance was sought between serenity and activity providing varying levels of warmth or composure to the spaces created.

Ecological measures:
  • GSHP – Boreholes tested to maximise efficiency.
  • PV Panels – concealed in the rear valley but accessible for easy washing/maintenance
  • Pumped and insulated hot water system to minimise waste water.
  • Rain Water Harvesting to a large beneath ground tank.
  • Porous surfaces and a large onsite soakaway to avoid surface runoff issues..
  • Reclaimed or locally sourced materials where viable.
  • Environmental construction process, using a three stage process for all waste – Up-cycle, Re-Cycle, Dispose.
  • Individual metering and controls of high usage elements such as cookers, fridges, heat mats etc.
  • Onsite recycling and composting designed into both garage and kitchen to encourage through ease of use.
  • Less used parts of the house can also be isolated and have separate thermal controls to minimise waste during the majority of the year when there are only 2 people living there.
February 2012 Great Somerford new build, residential