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Oast House for Conversion for Sale: Ashford, Kent

16 Jan
January 16, 2014

Description

A redundant Oast House for conversion for sale with planning consent to form single dwelling together with the creation of amenity space and garage, situated in a rural location with about 13 acres.

Information

Situated in an idyllic rural setting, within a dedicated Special Landscape Area, Upper Boy Court Oast is an unconverted former oast house and dairy constructed mainly of brick and Bethersden marble set under a tiled roof.

Planning permission has been granted for conversion into a 3/4 bedroom house comprising an entrance hall, living room, open plan kitchen and family room, roundel dining room with part vaulted ceiling and mezzanine study (accessed via first floor), separate cloak/boot room and guest suite on the ground floor with two bedroom suites and study/bedroom 4 on the first floor.
the property sits in a rural and quiet location towards the end of a ‘no through’ road, surrounded by farmland, orchards and woodland and is convenient for Headcorn station and village which lie about 2.5 miles away.

Upper Boy Court Oast benefits from just under 2 acres of gardens (not yet landscaped) and an adjoining field of about 11.5 acres which is hedge enclosed and down to grazing. To the front there is parking for a number of cars whilst to the north-west lies a large timber outbuilding incorporating a double garage, tractor garage, garden store, workshop and refuse and recycle store.


Location: Boy Court Lane Headcorn, Ashford, TN27 9LA
Guide price: Offers Over £550,000 / Freehold
House size: 3/4 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,986 square feet
Features: 13 acres, rural location, double garage

Further details can be found here.

Property Inspiration: Summer Boathouse in More og Romsdal, Norway

08 Dec
December 8, 2013

Architecture Inspiration

The boathouse is a cultural and historical hallmark of Norways coastal regions, where fishing used to be the primary profession. They have traditionally been used for storing boats and fishing gear, but today many of them are being converted for recreational summer use. This particular boathouse is located on the outermost reaches of the Moere-coast, and it hails from the middle of the eighteenth century. It was in such a bad state that the owner decided to tear it down and build it anew. The simplicity of the old building, its good placement and honest use of materials would become key sources of inspiration for the design of the new building. Great emphasis was placed on the main construction, the gates of the gable wall and the adaptable long facade.

Information

The disclosed and somewhat unavailable location made material-reuse very desirable. Old windows from a nearby farmhouse were collected and sorted. The placement of these windows became key in deciding what distance to use between the pillars in the main construction.
During the process of tearing down the old boathouse it was discovered that the structure had been built on unstable clay-ground. The new building therefore rests on H-profiles eight meters in length, spanning across a crevice in the bedrock. The white painted main construction of the new boathouse was built on site. In order to ease the foundation work, parts of the wall construction is resting directly on mountainous ground.


Location: Aure Kommune, More og Romsdal, Norway
Built by: TYIN tegnestue Architects
Architects: Marianne Lobersli Sorstrom, Yashar Hanstad

Further details can be found here.

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.

 

Property Inspiration: Caterpillar House, Feldman Architecture

17 Oct
October 17, 2012

The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land.  Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site.  The Caterpillar House implements sustainable elements while exploring a contemporary version of the ranch ideals: massing that is low and horizontal, an open plan with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and main living areas which center informally on the kitchen.

Connecting literally and figuratively to the site, excavated earth was repurposed for the construction of the walls.  These rammed earth walls gently curve in response to the site’s contours and also act as a thermal mass, regulating temperatures from day to night.  Capturing rainwater for irrigation, three tanks proudly sit close to the home – a clear sign of the available water resources for landscape.  Large south-facing glass doors open the main living area to a large covered contemporary porch and to an outdoor patio with sunshades that expand and contract to allow for a flexible entertaining area that responds to the client’s needs.  The glazing, natural ventilation and operable shading also act as a passive heating and cooling system, cooling the house in the summer and warming the house in winter.  Integrated photovoltaic panels enable the house to produce all of its energy requirements without compromising the graceful curve of the low roof against the hill.

The Caterpillar House is the first LEED Platinum Custom Home of the California Central Coast.

Further details about the house and Feldman Architecture can be found here.

Contemporary House For Sale: Exeter, Devon

17 Aug
August 17, 2012

I haven’t posted a contemporary house for sale in a little while so thought it was long overdue.

Today I’ve got this contemporary house in Exeter, Devon. The current owners built the property 7 years ago, which was designed by the architect Tim Williamson – who can be found at Heighfield Way Associates. The property has 5 bedrooms as well as a one bedroom self-contained au pair flat. There is also planning permission for coach house accommodation to the rear.

Inside the materials palette has been limited to oak, travertine and glass to create the interior feel with clever use of space such as interior windows and glass panel balconies. The floors are solid oak with underfloor heating individually controlled in each room and there is also a Passivent system that the property benefits from.

Further details can be found here along with the guide price of £1,650,000.

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