Modern brick house featuring patterned brickwork, large windows offering nature views, and a focus on sustainability
View of house on approach to entrance with front and side gardens shown
Entrance to the home with a textured brick facade, timber slats ceiling, and intricate brick patterns

The brief called for a house designed around the garden and the visual connections to it, the river and water meadows beyond as well as to provide an environmentally responsible simple family home that offered a sense of delight and surprise.

From the street the house appears as a contemporary two story narrow rectilinear off-set volume, the garden wrapping around three sides. On approach the three story split level site reveals itself as you enter at the upper ground level through the side of the house via the garden.

The garden uses a series of clustered semi-mature tree’s both deciduous and evergreen to provide a strong visual connection front-to-back while providing screening and privacy from within the house and garden. The front garden houses native woodland planting and snowdrops beneath the trees within the shaded terraces of the lower ground floor level. The side garden which is elevated and south west facing forms a dry gravel garden with draught tolerant planting. Finally the rear garden uses a mixture of raised ericaceous beds towards the house with planting which is tolerant of flooding towards the river such as willows which will be regularly coppiced and help visually connect the rear of the garden to the wider landscape on the other side of the river.

Contemporary modern brick home seamlessly blending into the street, featuring large windows and eco-friendly design
Grey textured brick home with expansive windows and intricate brick patterns
Visual drawing of contemporary new build site plan
Landscape plan illustrating upper ground floor (entrance level)
Architectural rendering of a spacious brick new build, offering scenic views of the river and surrounding nature

On entering the house through an external loggia you arrive into the middle of a three story top-lit atrium, your gaze moves to expansive views of the river and landscape beyond via a large double height space, as well as views to the lower ground floor family spaces below.

The upper ground floor contains a large bicycle workshop off the entrance loggia, as well as the master suite. There are two bedrooms on the first floor as well as a family bathroom and large study with far reaching views of the countryside beyond, with the lower ground floor containing a large open plan kitchen and dining space, den and guest room.

It is not until you enter the lower ground floor that the scale of the house is more apparent as below the garden at the side of the house lies a single story pavilion containing a family room with generous 3m high ceilings. This single story building also contains services, storage and utility rooms, all with an intensive green roof above.

The house is designed with a minimal material palette of dark brick, Iroko timber cladding and bronze coloured window frames externally and light Douglas fir timber finishes internally. The minimal simple material choices have been selected to provide a recessive background to the foreground planting of the garden which along with semi-mature trees will provide the feeling of a home within a garden rather than the suburban “front and back” gardens of adjoining homes.

Photography: Andy Stagg/ Peter Williams

Entrance to modern home featuring timber slats on ceiling and wall, integrated with hidden lighting and grey brick detailing
Eco-friendly new build featuring a grey brick patterned design
Modern home featuring timber floors, exposed timber beams, large windows, and brick-patterned shading





Modern home featuring timber floors, exposed timber beams, large windows, and brick-patterned shading
Contemporary home with a timber and white interior, featuring exposed timber beams, sustainability elements, large windows for scenic views of nature, and ample natural light
Modern home with double-height space overlooking river and fields, flooded with natural light, with white and timber accents
Interior of a modern countryside home featuring a double-height space above the dining area, flooded with natural light
Contemporary brick house with expansive windows, set in natural surroundings for sustainable living


Visual drawing of contemporary new build floor plan
Lower Ground Floor (Garden+River Level)
Visual drawing of contemporary new build floor plan
Upper Ground Floor (Street Entrance Level)
Visual drawing of contemporary new build floor plan
First Floor
Visual drawing of a section for a contemporary new build

Study Model at 1:20

Hand crafted architectural model of large new build
Study Model - river side
Hand crafted architectural model of large new build
Study Model - road side