Block House

By extending and reconfiguring the plan, a spacious and light filled minimal home was created with open plan kitchen, dining and living areas opening directly to the outside with frameless triple glazed windows and large sliding door framing the garden with views from the front door increasing the sense of space and garden connection.

Industrial materials were exposed and celebrated such as black MDF for the kitchen, concrete blocks for the exposed blockwork walls and concrete floor which also reduced construction costs. Externally, black paint conceals and unifies the use of low cost bricks with existing brickwork.

A black painted core was created housing services, utility room, storage, WC, family bathroom and study contained behind the kitchen.

Beyond Building Regulation standards of insulation to the floors, walls and roof were added together with triple glazing improving thermal performance and reducing noise. Also added were underfloor heating and Passive Input Ventilation.


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  • Real Homes, March 2016
  • Grand Designs Magazine, July / Special Edition 04 2016
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