Country living at its best with our Cotswold architects
28 May '20
Waking up to miles of green fields and wildlife is idyllic and it’s safe to say many of us will have dreamt of a country retreat at some point in our lives. In this week’s blog our Cotswold architects take a look back at some of their favourite properties, showing country living at its best.
Traditional country house in a conservation area
Country living has its charm, but it doesn’t have to mean low beams and tiny rooms. When our clients approached us asking for a traditional home, we aimed to design a property that had village appeal but still contained the luxurious modern conveniences one would expect from a new build. For the exterior, natural, high-quality materials were chosen to enable the house to sit comfortably within the local street scape. Given that the property falls within a conservation area, we knew we had to be sympathetic in design, in order to gain planning permission.
The interior offers large, comfortable rooms, with high ceilings, spread across four floors. Upon entering the building one is met with a double height entrance lobby, flooding the home with natural light. Well-designed glazing throughout the home continues the light, bright feel and offers axial views, allowing our clients to enjoy the changing seasons.
With 6500sq feet to play with there is plenty of room for the growing family; spacious double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, open plan kitchen diner for entertaining and cutting edge energy saving technologies to help provide the all important finishing touches.
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Remodelling and extension to Grade II listed house
If starting from fresh is not an option, our Cotswold architects can offer an alternative. This beautiful Grade II listed Georgian house was owned by our clients and whilst they adored the home, they found it restricting. The existing floor layout did not suit modern day family life. The kitchen, which was positioned to the rear of the property, was small in size and uninspiring. The rooms did not offer the socialising space the owners craved, and it lacked the modern luxuries they desired.
We set about designing a solution: the interior was remodelled to offer a kitchen in the heart of the home, with a large floor plan, creating the social space desired. From the kitchen there is a more natural flow to the home, with large, comfortable rooms leading off. The highlight is the added extension, leading to the beautiful indoor swimming pool and gym. With an enormous roof light, and sliding glazed doors, the pool can be enjoyed all year round.
Since our remodel and extension, extensive landscaping has been accomplished and we have also designed a glamourous glazed office space on the grounds. Read more about this project>
Near our Cotswold offices stood the most gorgeous traditional farmhouse which our client had lived in all her life. Devastatingly, much of the farmhouse was lost in a fire. Our architects were asked to redesign the home and they set to create an exciting balance between old and new. Whilst from the principal elevation, the property will look identical to the original, the redesign has allowed for more dramatic changes on the interior, again working to remodel the layout to suit modern family life. We have including a new addition of an architecturally designed glazed orangery, providing space and luxury alongside the traditional style. Along with five bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and a contemporary home cinema it is very much a ‘dream home’.
We are heading towards the completion of this property, with interior designer Lauren Gilberthorpe hand-picking luxurious finishes and we cannot wait to show you the finished results. Read more about this project>
New build Oxfordshire home
Our clients owned a beautiful plot in Oxfordshire, but on it stood a rather dilapidated 1950s bungalow that had sat vacant for a number of years. It was decided that in order for the clients to gain the plot’s full potential, the bungalow should be demolished, and our Cotswold architects should instead design a luxurious new home on its footprint. Given that the property stood in a quaint village location, we knew the planners would not approve of an ostentatious statement home and we therefore opted for a traditional barn-like linear structure to the front elevation. However, the property forms an L-shape to the rear, allowing enough square footage to provide seven bedrooms with a master en-suite. Downstairs includes an open plan kitchen, dining, living room, with a study, pantry and utility room off the central social space. The L’ shaped design wraps around a private outside terrace.
This property was completed two years ago, and now provides the family with the country home they always dreamed of. With the garden now landscaped, the house sits comfortably within its village location and is a prime example of modern country living. Read more about this project>
Have you always contemplated country living but have yet to find your dream home? Perhaps our Cotswold architects can design it for you instead? Why not contact us to discuss your ideas?