We’d had some plans drawn up by someone else and we knew they weren’t really right for us. We wanted to find somebody that could really deliver our vision.
Kate listened to what we wanted, really understood our brief and took the time to understand how we’d live our lives and how our family would live our lives. She really took that on board and now every single room has got a wonderful feeling of space and light.
For me, there are architects who kind of just do what needs to be done on paper. And then there’s architects that really get under the skin of how you live and breathe and how you are going to live your life.
Kate has delivered us something that was beyond our dreams and we were thrilled with the result.
Dream forever new build home Winterbourne
When we took over this project on a former agricultural site, planning consent had already been granted for a new build house in place of some commercial agricultural barns. But our clients weren’t happy with the approved designs and were looking for someone who could really deliver their vision.
In careful partnership with their contractor, and by applying for planning amendments, we managed to not only increase the footage of the property, we also managed to squeeze in an extra floor of accommodation.
Location: Winterbourne, West Berkshire
Materials: We wanted to create an authenticity to the house, so used hand-made blended bricks and roof tiles, traditional joinery, stone and timber floors.
Clever aspects: A connection to the landscape was really important, so we spent time re-sculpting the site, to help blend the building work with the environment and add character to a formerly agricultural context.
Friends on the project: Blue Tongue Construction, Snug kitchens, Thames Valley Windows, Cotswold Casement Company
We love: By using a double height hallway and internal Crittall screens, every room has a feeling of space and light, something so important to this family.
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Providing tailored support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, Absolute Architecture are the go-to residential architecture business for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. We are a RIBA Chartered and Passivhaus accredited practice based in Newbury, Berkshire. Absolute Architecture serves the Cotswolds, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.