New 4 bedroom detached house with garage in a village to the west of Cambridge.
The designs are for a new 2 storey family home with 4 bedrooms and garage. The clients were keen to develop proposals for a high specification but comfortable home on the site of an existing 1960’s house. Initially the plan was to extend the existing property but on further investigation we discovered that the foundations were unsuitable and it was decided to move forward with a new-build. The existing house was one of a row of mid century houses with gables fronting the street. We took this gable line and principal as a starting point for the new dwelling in order to continue the existing street grain in brickwork, and inserted a smaller gable fronted timber clad box to the side. The site slopes down towards the back garden and we used this change in level to incorporate changes in level internally. This enabled us to have generous ceiling heights along with double height spaces to link the ground and first floors.
Externally the materials are facing brickwork with aluminium / timber composite windows, areas of larch cladding and zinc roofs and be-spoke oak doors to the rear. There is a rear first floor roof terrace with a walk-on roof-light letting light into the kitchen space below. The roof lines and echoed over the roof terrace using glue-laminated roof timbers to give a sense of enclosure to the roof terrace.
The internal finishes have a palette of natural tones, with light grey floors and neutral walls with feature areas of colour and natural oak. The oak finishes are a mixture of herringbone flooring, black stained oak wall and ceiling cladding and natural oak stairs and handrails. We encouraged the client to incorporate areas of richer colours in the scheme and the ground floor study is a striking example of this with a deep petrol blue colour to the walls and ceiling with the same colour patterned encaustic tiles to the floor.
We were also involved in the design of the bespoke kitchen. The kitchen was built by Buhr Bespoke Interiors, who we have successfully collaborated with on other projects.