Peterborough, United Kingdom – Hall + Bednarczyk
Built Area: 250.0 m2
The Nook replaces an old, boring 1960s bungalow near the picturesque Wye Valley. It’s now a charming, contemporary home with rugged sandstone details. The structure successfully blends traditional materials with a modern way of living.
Stone, timber, and steel work perfectly together – ‘ordinary’ materials used in extraordinary ways. Sandstone walls were locally sourced, obtained from a nearby quarry.
Because of its location and orientation, the house gets plenty of sun. Additionally, the surrounding views are fantastic. To maximize enjoyment, large floor to ceiling windows were strategically placed.
Inside, the home exudes a contemporary vibe that is both fun and refreshing. The design of the house tells one important lesson: high-quality need not be expensive.
Notes from the Architect:
The Nook is a new-build four bedroom family house set in a secluded valley in Monmouthshire. Planning permission for the 250m2 home was granted to replace a utilitarian 1960’s bungalow that had previously occupied a corner of the 1 acre Wye Valley site.
The design adopts simple, confident massing handled with a contemporary sensibility. A steel frame enables an open and flexible layout incorporating double height spaces and long structural spans. Regional materials such as locally quarried stone and natural slate have been used to establish a building with a natural affinity to its setting. The privacy of the house’s rural location enables generous areas of glazing to be employed, illuminating the living spaces with natural light as well as framing views of the surrounding landscape, which appears to pass though the home. Large sliding glass panels open up the elevations to the outside.
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