StatusCompletion Expected 2017
Build Value £625,000
GIFA (m2)194
ContractorSelf Build

Wider context

A replacement house designed specifically to maximise independence into retirement for the present owners. Sitting within Green Belt In Little Bookham, Surrey Mark Muir Architecture achieved detailed planning permission on the first submission despite extremely restrictive policies.

Site Description

The site is one of the largest around at 1.2 acres and gently slopes from North to South and directly adjoins the open countryside of the South Downs.

Overall design approach and form

Nestling into the existing landscape the new contemporary and highly sustainable dwelling provides a meaningful transition between the settlement edge and countryside, and addresses the point of arrival from the main road thereby making the house instantly much more accessible.

Simple and elegant the house is L shaped with each wing housing distinct functions – Living and Sleeping. Each wing opens out directly into its respective and immediate landscape. The Day Room provides a seamless co-existence with the entertaining and south facing garden whilst each Bedroom enjoys private patios and views to the East across the open countryside.

The Day Room has been designed to house Living, Dining and Kitchen areas and maximise natural light throughout the day. Large expanses of thin framed glazing ( and forest manifestations) blur the edges between inside and outside and connect all Living Spaces together. Floor finishes are seamlessly continued from the inside to out.
A new main entrance provides a highly visible end to the arrival sequence with visitors and garaging being visible from the protected weather lobby.

Points of Interest e.g. awards, personal stories

Two vehicles can be parked under cover with all renewable plant being housed within the curtilage of the recycled and upgraded garage structure. Additional natural light is provided to the store rooms by means of roof mounted sun pipes.

Eco Cred: Photo voltaics (4kW system); Grey water recycling; Air source heat pumps to provide hot water; Low Energy LED lighting throughout; Underfloor heating; sun pipes; solar glass to thin framed doors; Solid fuel sealed unit fireplace to back up hot water; whole house mixed mode heating and ventilation recovery system; FSC certified timber throughout.