By trading in existing domestic and working space we obtained Planning Permission to demolish the existing dwelling that had been on the family's land for three generations and replace it with a new passive solar house with attached office plus detached garage and two-storey garden building.
A modern but simple form within the greenbelt reflecting the couple's recent experiences of living in Germany. A large rectilinear living space is flooded with sunlight through extensive roof glazing and high performance glazed walling. A curvaceous staircase of thick oak treads is cantilevered from a mass concrete dividing screen between living and cooking spaces and wraps itself around a purpose-made woodstove based on the Austrian 'Grundofen'. A first floor open gallery offers fine views. Three double bedrooms and family bathroom come off the gallery all with high level glazing allowing sunlight into the back of the house.