The eye-catching feature in the kitchen is the four-metrelong island bench. 9
A satisfying build “This was an exciting house to build particularly on such a stunning site,” he says. “Our builders put their hearts and souls into hundreds of metres of cedar cladding nailed off to precision which is a visual showpiece at the top of the rise. The finish, outlook and warmth of the home, along with the satisfaction of our clients, made this a truly satisfying build.” Four months of major earthworks took place before construction to create access, make a platform for the building site and prepare retaining walls. Material from the site has been recycled – stones were placed in gabion baskets as a landscaping feature. The 500sq metre home is built from black corrugated iron, used both vertically and horizontally to break up walls, black stained cedar and oiled cedar for contrast. One of the biggest challenges for the builders was meeting insulation and thermal envelope requirements sought by Anton and Michelle. The walls are twice regulation as is insulation and heating, and a UK underfloor water reticulation system is installed to maintain a constant temperature throughout winter. Windows and doors are double glazed, Low E, argon-filled and thermally broken.
English touches Inside the colour scheme has been kept neutral with cream walls, light carpet upstairs and Italian tiles downstairs. Large doors retract into the walls allowing true indoor/outdoor flow and the house’s position on the hill means the worst of prevailing nor-west winds are avoided.
9. A kitchen built for entertaining 10. Anton’s wine cellar sits snugly beneath the stairs 11. The oak stairs lead to the upstairs bedrooms
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