Modern Contemporary House Design
As Architects we've designed and built many modern contemporary new houses, many of which are in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Greenbelt where planning is hard to get. While every project responds differently to the individual site and client’s aspirations, our designs are led by our passion for creating modern, elegant, energy-efficient architecture for easy 21st century living.
Many people dream of their own grand design but are put off by the challenge of finding a plot for a replacement dwelling. If you are lucky enough to find one, the rewards of designing and building your own new home are fantastic both emotionally and financially but take advice about planning consent before bidding. We can add huge value before you commit with design ideas, planning policy assessment and approximate building costs.
Add Space With A Basement
A replacement for an older house that was falling down and in the wrong part of the site. We relocated the house lower down the site to take advantage of the garden levels and added a basement to create more space than the Greenbelt rules normally allow.
Keep A Low Profile
This house replaced a weatherboarded bungalow on the edge of the village. Our low profile design meant that we could double the size of the house without affecting the character of the area and increased the value of the plot for the developer
Sevenoaks Conservation Area
House In A Garden
This house was built in the garden of a much larger house. We set the building at the back of the plot to make the front garden much larger than usual. That gave the owner some great space to look out in in complete privacy. We also landscaped the whole of the garden, which features a Japanese Tea House and a carp pool with a rill feeding into it.
Benenden Staycation House
Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
This house replaced an asbestos ridden clapboard bungalow. Although the AONB location meant that the visual impact of the design was critical to gaining planning, we worked with the site levels to create a semi basement and so kept the ridge height the same as the existing. The eventual planning consent more than doubled the space.
Hillside House With Basement
This replaced an old rendered bungalow. The design works with the steeply sloping site to create split level living areas and bedrooms. There is a full basement lit from above by the glazed rooflight projecting above the main roof line. This also includes ventilation cowls reminiscent of oast cowls.
Party House Next To A Park
This very large family home was created to entertain guests in style. As well as the large interior reception areas, there are large external covered areas for outdoor parties.
Below ground there is a party room, pool, cinema and wine tasting area.
This replacement two storey family home is set on a lovely plot with a large garden. Because of Greenbelt floor area restrictions, we added a basement that is lit from a large open plan staircase.
Split Level Urban Box
This house features a split level design because the entrance from the street is higher than the rear garden. So from the Hall you go down one short flight to the main Kitchen Family Living space and up one flight to the bedrooms.
The L shaped plan wraps around a garden terrace.
Graveney Pergola House
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We are currently working on the design of this nature centred sustainable home. Gaining consent is difficult because the site is outside all of the development boundaries, however there is special provision in planning law for houses that are "truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture".
Its a high standard to meet but we are hopeful that this design will be successful.
This is one that got away and was never built, but the location on a lake would have been superb.
Although we gained planning consent for this house set on the edge of the High Weald ridge in Sevenoaks, the owner never built it. All the rooms faced south with view for miles over the High Weald landscape.
Greenbelt Family Home
Planning consent was gained for this arrow shape house design, but it was never built. The first floor bedroom suite featured a high sloping ceiling with large south west facing windows and a private terrace.
This is a sketch design for a house on Dungeness Beach. The materials reflect the beach location and are a combination of rugged weatherboarding and concrete.
We worked for some time on different schemes, however the restrictions imposed on the site by the planners proved too onerous.
This is the first PassvHaus project that we have worked on and the scheme is currently being built.
The design features a completely open plan ground floor an open stair leading up to the bedrooms that ware partly within the roof slope.
Replacement House in AONB
We gained planning consent to replace a small low bungalow with this scheme that was never built.
The success of the design is because we separated the Living and Bedroom areas into two elements, linked by a single storey Hallway. That reduces the scale and massing of the building and fits the character of the streetscene.