This stunning family home was built in 2008 by the current owners and designed by local Architect Anna Hummel with the objective of creating a new modern home but with elements from the inter-war and post-war years to reflect the bungalow that previously stood on the site.
The owners charged the architect with the task of producing a working family home (with space and comfort) that also highlighted the best modern design and at the same time used locally sourced materials.
Based around the work of celebrated American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose designs were heavily influenced by the natural world, the architect has incorporated his ideas of an open floorplan, broad overhanging eaves, strong horizontal lines, ribbons of windows and a wide use of natural materials to produce a wonderful bespoke home combining modern design with practical living space that creates a unique and comfortable family space.
The style is set from the moment you walk into the central vaulted hallway with its strong lines of the oak staircase, limestone tiles sourced from a local quarry and the illuminating light of the ceiling windows. The rooms on the ground floor have been arranged to blend individual space with open plan and family areas. To the front of the house there are two rooms, one currently used as a study/office/library and the other one is ideal to be used as a children's snug/den. The lounge with its central feature of a 'Lutyens' inspired fossilised Limestone fireplace is spacious enough for the whole family to enjoy.
The sleek modern kitchen has been designed with coherent lines and simple yet highly effective design features. It opens onto the breakfast area which is the real social hub of the home perfect for dining, entertaining or simply to relax in and enjoy the views out over the garden.
The central courtyard hallway provides the space for the bedrooms to flow from and also provides unique features including interconnected bedrooms joined by a raised walkway and wooden doored shutter windows that open onto the hallway to provide extra light. Two of the bedrooms have ensuites and all five rooms are doubles.
Technology is also a strong feature of the home with an iPod base linked to speakers in the downstairs rooms and all rooms having at least one Ethernet cabling point. There is also underfloor heating throughout the home. At the same time there are hints of the past with the downstairs ceiling lights based on a 1950's design and the central light fitting in the hallway has been restored by the owner and is believed to be from the 1951 Festival of Britain.