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William Green Architects

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Client brief
Our clients owned a number of agricultural buildings that they wished to convert into two impressive modern family homes. They were seeking luxurious modern architecture with all the features you would expect in a house for high-end modern family living - juxtaposed with thoughtful storage areas and fully functional spaces for family life.

The process
As the properties were not in a conservation area or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our team found it possible to gain Class Q approval, allowing the agricultural buildings to be converted into residential property, without too many planning constraints. 

We designed two identical homes sitting side by side. Once inside, the owners and their guests find themselves in an entrance hall with a ‘boot room’ area, featuring built-in benches and tall cupboards for outdoor gear. Moving away from the entrance hall there is a family living room/snug and a large storage room, containing the ‘mechanics’ of the property.

There is a home office, cloakroom and utility room leading off from the hallway. Socialising takes place in the heart of the home towards the rear of the property - an open plan space and a more formal reception and dining area, and kitchen, with floor to ceiling storage and kitchen units. Sliding doors then open out onto beautiful views of the countryside, providing wonderful light throughout the day.

The result
We are particularly pleased with an impressive design feature - the internal lightwell and rock garden off the entrance hall - with vaulted ceiling above. This is an intimate and private courtyard space within the home, filling the rooms with light and drawing the outside in. This space can also be viewed from the bedrooms: four double bedrooms on the first floor, one with an en-suite bathroom, and then a fifth master suite with its own en-suite and walk-in wardrobe.

We are delighted to have gained the planning permission required and will keep you updated on progress.