Our brief for this fascinating project was to create a present-day, environmentally-friendly property, based around a steel frame but incorporating timber and Cotswold stone that echoed the Cheltenham landscape.
A tired old bungalow had to make way, but the Phoenix that has risen from the demolition is a veritable delight.
The technological spec on the inside was of the ‘concept’ variety – the alarm-monitoring system was from the James Bond School of radical invention – while the essential aspects of a home were pure simplicity. A cantilevered staircase floated, glass provided light and a sense of space, while the orientation of the house resulted in solar gain in winter, yet avoided that hob-hot sense of stuffy heat in summer.
We completed this property early in 2014, and the sedum roof is already well established, creating a cosy crown on a house that will stand time’s test.