Friday, July 9, 2010
A spacious, beautiful home that is both understated and calming.
I hope your weekend is off to the perfect start! I couldn't wait to share this home with you... when I first came across this house, I was instantly taken with the simple lines, the vast and spread foundation, stone exterior, modern windows, and landscape. To me, this home houses the perfect package—working in qualities of beauty, comfort and style seamlessly... a quintessential, modern, countryside home.
The talented architects who masterfully designed this home understood the needs of the family that would occupy it—a London–based family, with four children (and often accompanied by friends) who wanted a weekend/holiday retreat that was both functional and beautiful, with flexibility of use and purpose in mind. They wanted a home that would wear well, whether children were running outside back inside, and outside again, with mud, muck or water inevitably trailing behind...
The architects took all of the family's considerations, wants and desires in mind for the design brief. "Throughout, the pallet of materials used internally was kept simple: Cotswold stone floors, oak floors, beams, doors and ceilings and white painted plasterwork. The energy to run the under-floor heating is created by ground source heat pumps buried in adjacent land." I think the result is beautiful, and what once was a poorly structured barn, now proudly showcases the salvaged stonework of such, on a new, amazing home, now even complete with a lovely swimming pool. Right now, it's so so hot outdoors, and this home is like a cup of cool water—simply perfect, and just in time.
( images: by Peter Cook // courtesy, and with the permission of McLean Quinlan Architects © no reposting without permission)