To design and construct a larger replacement home for a chalet style building which combined traditional building materials and detailing with a contemporary aesthetic.
The existing hip roofed chalet bungalow was raised above the surrounding site by approximately 0.9m. By lowering the new house this allowed the eaves to be raised accordingly in relation to the ground and first floors, minimising raked first floor ceilings. By using traditional gable roof forms raked ceilings were further reduced and kept to only the outside walls.
The large footprint with deep plan minimised external walls again and allowed the creation of the large rooms requested by the client. The Entrance Hall benefits from the tall glazed screen with oversized door (measuring almost 2.3m tall by 1.3m wide) and a 4sqm rooflight drops daylight into the heart of the building over the curving staircase.
External walls built of solid Horsham stone with real stone sills and headers are complimented by fire-blackened larch cladding boards, black painted soffits and fascias and natural slate roofing.
Large windows and sliding doors facing south and west open on the rear gardens, terraces and swimming pool with a contemporary, flat roofed, single storey rear with two vertical panels of matching stone along a fully glazed wall and return panels.
To the first floor, the two main bedrooms take advantage of the steeply pitched roof with vaulted ceilings and glazing following the roof line. Dormer window detailing is kept simple and modest with flat lead roofs.
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