£1m to £1.99M
New Build, Sited in SSSI area, Within a Conservation Area, Sited in AONB
Milton Architects, Old Stables Court , The Parade , MARLBOROUGH , Wiltshire , SN8 1NE , United Kingdom
Riverside plots are among the most sought-after of building locations. Little wonder, then, that our client – an experienced builder – was keen to snap up an 1950s bungalow on the banks of the river with the aim of establishing a contemporary new home. The brief was clear: to deliver a home that was comfortable and unashamedly modern, and made the most of the enviable waterside location. A free-flowing, family friendly space was key, with a design that captured the stunning views from within, while enabling seamless integration with the garden and river beyond. Because of its prominent location in a historic village setting, our central challenge lay in persuading the local planning authority of the merits of its contemporary credentials. Happily, the planners were open to the idea of a non-traditional design that was of exceptional quality. The result is a striking new build that makes the most of its location, offering tempting vistas along the river valley from the principal rooms. The building is composed of intriguing angles and facades, incorporating contrasting construction materials. Sustainable technologies including the air-source heat pump and ducted heat recovery system ensure the house has low energy requirements. The river-facing elevations feature extensive glazed panels to frame the views, while a covered outdoor entertaining area is linked to the kitchen and dining area within, blurring the distinction between indoors and out.