Bespoke Country House – Rural Northamptonshire

About This Project

Blair Gratton Architects Design for a New Country House has been Completed

Situated within beautiful countryside on open farmland, we were asked to help change and modernise the design of a Country House approved under Planning Law in the early 1990’s. The case involved a complicated process of engagement with the local authority successfully resulting in full approval.

The internal arrangement was completely reconsidered to meet the requirements of the clients with open plan living space and new window and door positions, styles and types. The previous design was for a single storey bungalow: this did not meet our clients brief and adding a first floor was unacceptable to the planning authority, the problem required careful consideration and skill to find a solution.

Without increasing the height of the eaves we achieved accommodation at first floor for two bedrooms, a bathroom, a landing area and full staircase leading from the ground floor. Creating a first floor added a bedroom to the original design with a family bathroom and freed up the ground floor for living.

Sustainability and Features:

The house design whilst traditional brick and slate features a ground source heat pump to provide heating and heat recovery and air circulation to all of the rooms – it is technically advanced complying with sustainability criteria far in excess of the current Building Regulations.

Outside the design features a plinth course and timber windows made by … of Staffordshire. Timber windows allow for quality detailing, colours and bespoke ironmongery simply not available with uPVC.