It was our client’s long-held ambition to build herself a sustainable forever home in her existing community on the edge of Epping Forest. Together, we developed a brief for a lifetime home on the site of her existing house’s garage. It was to be a light filled, crafted and sculptural home where she could appreciate her garden, furniture, paintings, and ‘absolutely no drafts’!
PLANNING & FORM Our planning strategy was a building with a bold, sculptural form, yet contextual sensitivity. The design reflects the neighbouring gable fronted, bay windowed houses. Contemporary bay windows allows rooms more engagement with the front and rear gardens, offers lateral views to the woods, while still respecting the neighbouring building lines. A geometric shift between ground and first floor bay enables the first floor to overhang and form an entrance canopy.
MATERIALS & LIGHT Natural light is sculpted with use of raw plaster, oak and a careful palette of bold colours. The future lift provision is made into a positive with a triple height lightwell. Light penetrates deep plan through the lightwell and stairwell which has a sculpted oak centerpiece, designed with 3D printing prototypes. This central element now binds the house together in a celebration of light, fluid form and material.
REALISATION The budget was tight for a high-quality sustainable home. The structure was prefabricated for speed and accuracy, and is clad in narrow larch boards, referencing the client’s love of the Epping forest, which begins at the end of the road.