Archive for month: November, 2012

Property Inspiration: Converted Defence Tower, Suffolk

28 Nov
November 28, 2012

This unique converted defence tower was designed by Piercy&Co. They have written the following about how they changed a historic relic into a private residence.

Converting a Napoleonic defence tower built in 1808 into a 21st Century private residence was a demanding brief. As a Scheduled Monument on the At Risk register and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the planning negotiations were matched in complexity by the on-site logistics. The completed conversion won the support of English Heritage who heralds it as an exemplar of how to convert significant historical buildings.

The new roof follows many of the curves within the original building while the 3 metre thick solid bonded brick walls (originally designed to withstand cannon fire from the North Sea) create a massive base from which the new roof is tethered.

The simplicity of this massive form in the landscape hides the complexity and beauty of the plan and geometry.

Property Inspiration: Bogbain Mill in Lochussie, Dingwall

19 Nov
November 19, 2012

Bogbain Mill was a project that incorporates the ruins of a former mill. Combining the old walls with the new constructions and insertions in the fabric, it is intended to clearly articulate the modern additions set against the solid stone walls of the mill. The internal courtyard has become the focus for the house, and all internal rooms on the ground floor have a direct relationship into this enjoyable south-facing garden overlooking a burn. A new bedroom tower allows views over the wider surrounding landscape.

The original stone mill was narrow, primarily L-shaped in plan, parallel to the road and then running back perpendicular behind. At the back, the land drops away down to a burn that would have powered the original granite waterwheel from a millpond, both now lost. The client also managed to acquire a small wood beyond the burn with an outlook that could securely become part of the brief. The architect has responded thoughtfully by designing a number of simple timber pavilions and additions to the ‘found’ walls, threaded through cross-axes and arranged in unfolding layers of inhabitation over the ruins to create a series of inside and outside courtyard spaces.

location: Lochussie, Dingwall
project type: private house
client: private
size: 350m2
completion: 2011
team: Alan Dickson, Nick Thomson, Marnie Macdonald, Ian Grant
photography: copyright Andrew Lee / Rural Design

Futher information and images can be found here on the architects website.

Stone Tower for Sale: Claverdon, Warwickshire

13 Nov
November 13, 2012

An impressive converted stone tower for sale in Claverdon, Warwickshire is today’s featured property.

This 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom property is listed as being of Special Historic or Architectural Interest. The tower has been thoroughly restored and adapted for modern living and the ground floor wing, designed by the architect George G Pace to complement the main building. The property is full of features and offers excellent accommodation. Features include solid oak doors, hardwood double glazed windows to the wing, Cumberland slate floor, stone mullion windows, sandstone walls and stained glass window depicting the arms of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick dated 1439 (not your everyday property then).

Within the tower is a first floor drawing room and study with gallery over. Superb roof terrace with far reaching views. Cottage with 2 bedrooms. Double garage. Fine, well stocked mature garden with south facing courtyard garden, parterre garden with box hedging and urn and walled garden with ornamental pool.

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 3-4 reception rooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 356.13 – 439.13 sqm
  • Garden
  • Land
  • Listed
  • Secondary accommodation
  • Private Parking
  • 1.26 acres (0.5 hectares)
  • Freehold

And as you can guess, the only downside is the price.

Guide Price: £1,750,000
Estate Agent’s details. 

Contemporary House for Sale: Higham, Colchester

07 Nov
November 7, 2012

This property sums up property oddity. For sale in Higham, Colchester is this contemporary house set in extensive grounds and designed in the 1970s house by Peter Aldington. It’s in a style influenced by Mies van der Rohe.

It seems pretty pricey for what it is however, a three bedroom house with one en-suite.

The house is an important example of post-war British architecture and was commissioned in the 1970’s. Completed in 1974, it received an architectural award in 1978 from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The design is strongly influenced by the iconic Farnsworth House of Mies van der Rohe but has its own unique interior and exterior qualities. It features in a recent RIBA book by Alan Powers, and has been photographed at night for inclusion in a forthcoming volume on post-war British architecture. In the 70’s and 80’s it featured in the Architectural Journal and House and Garden.

It is a contemporary glasshouse with glass wrapping two thirds of the exterior and sits a metre from the ground on steel columns. It is entered across a bridge through a cantilevered door. The visitor is immediately struck by the sense of floating – an unrestricted connection with the grounds with their mature trees, and beyond across the valley.

The gardens are a maze that totals about 9.1 acres.

It is on the market for £1,999,000 with more details available here.

 

Modern Property for Sale: Horspath, Oxford

06 Nov
November 6, 2012

‘The Mount’ is a striking recently constructed modern property for sale set in private elevated 6 acre grounds bordering Shotover Country Park – A substantial newly constructed landmark contemporary residence of part glass curtain walls in a truly breathtaking location. 6 bedrooms, 4 receps, 4 contemporary baths and a German engineered kitchen. Under floor heating system. Glorious 2 acre gardens, 1 acre oak woodland, 3 acre paddock with stable block and menage.

Directions

Proceed around the ring road from the Summertown Roundabout towards the BMW MIni Plant and at the traffic lights prior to the plant turn left signposted Horspath. Proceed into the village and turn left at the green and immediately right into Blenheim Road. Proceed to the top of the road and onto the first part of the Bridleway past the first five bar gate and barn on your left and at the large oak tree take the concrete drive on your left which is the private driveway that leads over the hill to The Mount.

Local Information

Horspath village lies on the Easern edge of Oxford and offers quick access to the M40 to London (only 3.5 miles distance). Oxford Mainline Station offers London Paddington access in 55 minutes and is just 6.25 miles from the property and London Oxford Airport is situated just 4 miles North of Oxford. First class private schooling is on hand in Central Oxford , North Oxford and Headington with in demand UK top 20 UK schools – Oxford High School, Magdalen College School and Headington Girls amongst them. Neither these particulars, floorplans, nor oral representations, form any part of any offer or contract and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Asking Price: £2.25 MILLION

Further detail available here.

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