|External Dimensions||17.58 x 15.7 m|
|Living Space||3702 ft²|
The key to this project was the clients' desire to build a modern family home with clean lines and contemporary design features, placed in a rural setting with beautiful views over the countryside and close to amenities and transport connections.
In 2011 the clients secured a plot with a dilapidated 4 bedroom house on the edge of Speldhurst near Tunbridge Wells. The site came with two planning permissions for its redevelopment, one of which featured a modern design, which was hard enough to get as the site lies just outside the Conservation Area, with half located within an AONB. This presented a valuable opportunity to submit an amended design on the back of the permission for a sizeable modern dwelling house.
The design phase commenced in March 2012 and, following an intense consultation period, planning was submitted in September 2012. After negotiation regarding the overall height, consent was granted in November 2012.
Ground works started in January 2013, the pre-fabricated timber-frame construction was assembled within days in May 2013 and the building occupied by December 2013.
Weald House comprises a new 5 bedroom two-storey detached home and a new double garage. The building is a two storey L-shaped building comprising a flat roof which carries a set-back penthouse look-out room above on the second floor. The L-shape provides an inviting arrival area to the southwest and screens the more private eastern garden area.
The modern design blends harmoniously with its surroundings by the means of the use of simple building materials (mainly light render and natural larch cladding) which can weather naturally. The fenestration is determined by the functions of different rooms which are located in a way that allows the best possible protection of the occupants' privacy, and prevents over-looking of the neighbouring properties.
The north and west façades are kept plain and simple with modest fenestration mainly for service rooms, some with semi-opaque glazing to avoid over-looking. The southern projection of the building houses the kitchen on the ground floor and the master suite on the first floor providing natural surveillance of the entrance, garden and the eastern and southern boundary of the site which are more easily accessible from the open fields. The gated access provides a strong sense of ownership and privacy.
The east and south aspect of the building comprise a greater amount of glazing to take advantage of the outstanding views where possible and to provide a more direct connection to the approach and garden side.
The garage is a simple square building with a sloping roof. It is a timber frame structure with cladding to match the main building laid out for 2 cars and 4 bicycles.
The internal layout comprises a classic division of the living and service areas on the ground floor and bedrooms on the top floor. The house is laid out as a comfortably sized family home and is able to accommodate a potential increase in spatial requirements in the future or indeed generation living.