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William Green Architects

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Middle Aston House

A bright, beautiful, contemporary house in Middle Aston, flooded with light and constructed with traditional materials echoing its farming heritage.

Client brief
The project was to replace a derelict bungalow with a family house that maximised the beautiful site whilst retaining the existing garage structure. The challenge was to create a special home for our client with farming heritage. 

The process
Utilising the best of traditional materials and some of the established vernacular architecture to carefully craft a contemporary farmhouse. With stunning east views across the Cherwell valley the site has a lovely avenue of established horse chestnut trees to the rear and this property sits between the two environments. The proposal was always challenged by strict budgetary constraints, yet the design intent was to create something grander and befitting the special site.

The result
The property is a house of two sides, the public grand street facing elevation with cut stone surrounds to the windows creating a higher status appearance, with a design continuity strip stone corbel surrounding the base of the property.

The simple beautiful rubble stone front elevation is broken at the centre of the house with a cut stone recessed elevation, signifying entrance and providing glimpses into the triple height stair hall of the home.

The rear of the house is more intimate with no stone surrounds to the windows and large expanses of glazing expressing the slice through the centre of the house and opening the home up to the terrace.

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