Archive for month: January, 2013

Eco Home for Sale: Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire

14 Jan
January 14, 2013

An award winning contemporary Eco home for sale.

Set in within a private 11 acre estate with views over green belt towards RSPB blue bell woods, West Lodge is a modern property of striking and contemporary design.

West Lodge enjoys a position on an historic small private Estate surrounded by open countryside in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has been built by the developer Acanthus to exacting standards with great imagination and flair.

The 4,859 sq.ft of accommodation has been designed to enjoy the beautiful aspects with large expanses of sliding glass opening onto walnut decks to relax and appreciate the setting.

Attention to detail has been second to none such as a walnut lined hallway with contemporary glass and walnut staircase, bathroom suites by Burgdad with Italian Casmood glass mosaic tiles and a kitchen fitted by Hacker with Miele and Gaggenau appliances.

The house has been constructed to award winning standards and is extremely energy efficient and features a bored closed loop ground source heat pump. EPC Rating B.

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 reception rooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 451.58 sqm
  • Garden
  • Private Parking
  • 2.00 acres (0.8 hectares)
  • Freehold


As you can probably imagine, this all comes at a price. To buy this contemporary eco home will set you back £2,650,000.

More details can be found on the estate agent’s website.

Property Inspiration: S_House – Auckland, New Zealand

10 Jan
January 10, 2013


The parti of S_House divides the long thin lot into two gardens, challenging the conventional diagram of the front and back yard of the typical suburban house. The house becomes the active space between the gardens, and offers the occupants multiple views and sectional level changes as they move through the site.

Designed for a family of five, the clients wanted a house that responded to the land’s topography. A 1920s stables to the rear of the site was to be restored into a studio. Located on the southern side of ProspectTerrace in Mt Eden, the 15m wide x 72m long rectangle slopes from the street downwards towards the rear boundary, set back 10m from the street.

S_House differs from the standard villa with a compact form and central circulation, with the elongated plan allowing for an extensive surface connection with the landscape. The activities of the house takes place across a singular spine corridor which expands and contracts spatially as the house mediates the site, creating the contradictory east native garden and the west exotic sculpted garden. The complementary gardens are connected by the children’s play area and bedrooms which occur at the turning point ‘knuckles’ of the plan, opening up to the two ‘parent’ gardens.

Stained cedar clads the exterior of the house, with a corrugated iron roof forming a continuous series of hips and valleys. The internal palette is black and white with a black oxide concrete floor and built in furniture. Excavated Basalt was used in garden retaining and planting plan. The intention of the street elevation was to create an outward looking, austere landscape with Ribbonwood and Kowhai trees that will grow to leave the architecture in a natural forestry setting. Robin Evan commented: “Ordinary things contain the deepest mystery.” The S_House was envisioned to reflect these values.

Architects website.

River Cottage for Sale: North Fambridge, Essex

09 Jan
January 9, 2013


I’ve called it a River Cottage, but in all honesty I’m not sure what it is. Here’s what the estate agents said about it though. Port Moor Cottage is a timber framed and clad former chalet under a felted roof. Internally the property is partitioned to provide sitting room, kitchenette and mezzanine platform together with a store room. There is an outside chemical wc. Whilst there is also a railed balcony surrounding the property, at the front of which is covered. The property has access to a stepped jetty giving direct access to the river at the higher levels of the tidal range.

  • Reception Room
  • Kitchenette
  • Mezzanine platform
  • Store Room
  • Outside cubicle with chemical wc
  • Balcony
  • Jetty


Port Moor Cottage occupies a truly unique position on the banks of the River Crouch. It is only accessible by boat or foot (depending on the state of tide).

North Fambridge, popular with the sailing enthusiast, offers a marina and boat yard together with a good range of everyday amenities.


Offers in the region of £125,000 with further information available here.

Art Deco House for Sale: Bath, Somerset

08 Jan
January 8, 2013


A unique Art Deco house for sale close to Bath city centre.

Described as Bath’s only Modern Movement house in the Bath Pevsner by Michael Forsyth, it was designed by Mollie Taylor of Gerrard Taylor Hind and built in 1935-38.

Kilowatt House is a superb example of a 1930s Art Deco property. Situated on Bath’s southern slopes overlooking the city the property was originally designed in the 1930s and combines features true to the period mixed with a selection of hi tech specifications. The accommodation comprises Atrium/Entrance Hall, Large modern kitchen, reception area, grand drawing room, 4 bedrooms with en suite shower/bathroom to the master bedroom, 2 further luxurious shower rooms. Enclosed rear garden with steps up to paddock area, decked rear patio with modern lighting. Double garage and electric security gates.

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 304.74 sqm
  • Land
  • Listed
  • Private Parking
  • Freehold


Kilowatt House is on the market for £1,950,000.
Further pictures and a few more details can be found on the estate agent’s website.

For Sale: Church for Conversion in Biggar, Lanarkshire

07 Jan
January 7, 2013


A former church for conversion.
The Broughton United Free Church was built in 1846 and is where John Buchan’s father, the Reverend John Buchan was minister, and has for the past 20 years served as a museum commemorating the life of John Buchan, a renowned politician and novelist who wrote well known novels such as The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle. The museum has recently vacated the building for new premises, providing an ideal opportunity for someone to convert the building to either commercial or residential purposes.
The church extends to about 222 square metres and has retained many of its original features, including stained glass windows, domed ornate ceilings with exposed beams and original floors and doors. Planning permission has not been sought for conversion to residential use but if granted, the church could be transformed into a charming home with plenty of character. Alternatively, subject to change of use, it could be converted into a café / gallery or alternative commercial use. The building is not currently listed.
To the front of the church is a gravel parking area, with prominent road frontage. Together with the area to the rear the grounds could be landscaped to create an attractive garden for residential purposes or provide ample customer parking for commercial purposes. Additional land to the rear may be available by separate negotiation.

Planning Permission The church does not have planning permission for residential use and is currently designated as a Museum. Buyers will need to apply for Change of Use planning permission or submit detailed planning permission for an alternative use.


The Broughton United Free Church is situated in Broughton which is a charming village in the Scottish Borders and it is best known as the
one-time home of novelist John Buchan where the beautiful Border countryside was the inspiration for many of his novels, and the location of the small cask ale Broughton Brewery. The village has a primary
school, post office, petrol station, village store, art gallery and village hall, along with sports facilities such as tennis courts and a bowling green.
For more comprehensive shopping requirements, Peebles lies 13
miles to the north-east. In terms of local education, Peebles has3 primary schools and a High School, which is recognised as one
of Scotland’s top ranked state schools.
The city of Edinburgh lies 29 miles to the north and provides all of the cultural and shopping facilities associated with a capital city. For those wishing to work or shop in Glasgow, the M74 and Lanark train station lie 17 miles and 18 miles away respectively, providing easy access.


Offers Over £125,000
Further information available here.

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