Private House, Surrey
This contract was for the demolition of an existing property and construction of a new family residential home consisting of part basement and two further storeys and the construction of an external open air swimming pool.
Set within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, this family house sits within a 4.5HA woodland site. This part of Surrey has a tradition of Arts and Crafts country houses from the early 20th century, so the ambition was to create a contemporary country house that continues in this tradition.
John Pardey Architects therefore looked towards the historical plan of the country house, which was based on buildings formed from an assembly of different wings, enclosing courtyards and gardens, as well as a philosophy of truth to craft and materials.
The house also had to fulfil the client’s aspirations for a large, but unostentatious house so the design exploits a sophisticated vernacular aesthetic. The Architect sought to reflect an updated Surrey Arts and Crafts vernacular by the use of a strong masonry base of coursed stone that also is used on enclosing courtyard walls.
In plan, the house straddles the site so that all main living spaces and bedrooms enjoy distant views across woodland and towards a small lake, while to the north, an entrance courtyard is framed by two single-storey wings containing a large home office and garaging.
Construction took the form of traditional foundations with external concrete walls with large areas of patent glazing, black stained timber boarding, solar shading and copper cladding. Principally the construction of the main body of the envelope is a concrete frame.
QS: APS Associates
Value: Not Disclosed