House Brunt - A dream come true in rural Kent

This two-storey, detached house has a contemporary design inspired by the great twentieth-century Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. It was planned by the client, Helen, an Architect who has always dreamed of designing and building her own home.

The house is situated on a sloping, south-facing site overlooking the Weald of Kent, an area of outstanding beauty. It is modelled on the style of local farm buildings with a contemporary design that respects the constraints of the site.

Inside, the house has an open, flexible design with large rooms suffused with natural light. The kitchen, dining room and living room are on the ground floor. There is also a games room that can be used as guest accommodation. The first floor has three hotel-style double bedrooms, each with an en-suite shower room, as well as a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

The materials and colour scheme have been chosen to emphasise the simplicity of this modern home. Natural larch cladding, mineral render and local Kentish ragstone have been used for the façades, and ceramic tiles for the roof. The window frames are made of aluminium and timber. Inside, the palette is dominated by three colours, natural wood, off-white and grey.

Being a Baufritz house, only natural sustainable materials were used in the construction process. The house is equipped with photovoltaic panels and a heat pump, providing excellent environmental credentials.

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