Spratley & Partners Limited , 7 Centenary Business Park , Station Road , Henley-on-Thames , Oxon , RG9 1DS
Heather Cottage is a private, new-build house of contemporary form. Clad with innovative treated timber, the house nestles harmoniously into its rural, riverside setting; making the most of its context, orientation and views while minimising any impact on the surrounding area. Two opposing blocks, forming a ‘T’ shape in plan, taper up in height towards the river to the east and fields to the south and define the internal spaces. The open-plan living, kitchen and dining areas benefit from fully-glazed sliding doors set in a deep reveal to the south which maximises light and provides shelter above. Large windows look out over the river and a raised, cantilevered deck wraps around the east and south elevations, creating an extension to the internal space that bleeds out into the landscape beyond. The east/west segment is more private along the hedge-lined boundary where the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility room are located.