The main objective of this proposal was to provide a visually sympathetic, highly energy efficient, flexible family home that enables enjoyment of the rural locale.
The dwelling has been designed with two distinct linear elements with the entrance and stairs accommodated within a lightweight link section that would join the perpendicular sections. The link would traverse the differences between the levels across the site and dwelling, with stairs to the west leading to an open planned kitchen and living room. The eastern section, parallel with the Barn and of the same length as the stable, would accommodate two bedrooms, a utility and bathroom at ground floor level, with stairs within the link leading to an ensuite master bedroom and snug.
The palette of materials has been kept simple, and in keeping with an agricultural theme, with natural stonework, charred timber cladding and a natural slate roof proposed. The number of openings and their size have been limited within the design on three sides to reduce nighttime lightspill. While the southern elevation would include larger areas of glazing to enable access to the private courtyard, and to allow natural light to permeate through the building.