This fantastic design was the end result of weeks of collaboration between our designers, the client and the planners. The ancient stone house and its surroundings were grade 11 listed and also in a conservation area so there were a few more hoops to negotiate to ensure a smooth and successful planning application. As the village is very important to England heritage an archaeological survey was needed in the beginning to ensure that we were not disturbing any of the many ancient ruins in and around the area. This was handled by our planning team in conjunction with our ground crew and the local archaeological society all of which were happy with the outcome. The functions incorporated into the design were firstly to house this wonderful super car when it isn’t being raced around the Italian country side, as this was to be the main focal point of the internals the design then was how to form a section of the garage/home to enable occasional use i.e. a day room and small kitchen bar area. This was decided to form the rear part of the large garage/garden room, this gave us 3 functions to the ground floor. The first function being […]
This beautiful mid terrace stone cottage belies its spacious bright interior. As with most original stone cottages the ceilings are low and often with little natural light, this tends to have a negative over contained feel. With added new space, clever removal of walls and addition of bright painted surfaces the transformation of large clean spaces can be inspiring. Most cottages have a cosy feel, with their low ceilings and often smaller rooms, which when in the depths of winter satisfy our need for these contained, warm places, but come spring we start to feel the need for larger bright spaces with less containment. Its great to be able to create a home that has both of these qualities , that allows us to choose what kind of space we want to spend our time in. This cottage has all of these qualities built in a way that can be used by all members of the familly at any time of the day . The dynamic use of the floor space was a critical part of the brief as was the use of very simple building materials. We were able to create flow through these spaces with not only the ease […]
Oak Truss Kitchen We were initially contacted after the clients saw one of our adverts in a county magazine in mid 2013. After we met with the clients in their home they told us that the reason for the initial contact was that they loved the clean contemporary look of our work and they had not found this any where else. We discussed their home and what they would like from the new additions and then set to work. The original Elizabethan main house was the starting point with the footprint increasing by over 200% . Within this increase of size the clients gave us their brief which included 4 more bedrooms with en-suits,an office, a large utility, a rear porched entrance, a rear loggia, with the main emphasis being on the hub of the home , the kitchen. Within this large space they wanted 2/3 functions, the kitchen and a day room with the third being a formal eating area in view but partly obscured. Our chief designer was handed the task of creating this bespoke home and several weeks later was able to offer the clients the proposed design. This beautiful space was designed primarily around two oak truck […]
The project brief was to re-design the stone buildings that were linked to the main Grade II listed house in the heart of the Welland Valley with an oak frame which would create a larger mid centered dynamic space. The planning authority had some important historical sections to the house that were essential to keep the heritage of the building intact, therefore the design had to be around and including these details. The natural qualities of the sympathetic nature of the oak lent itself to be the material of choice for this project. The new space that the oak framed structure created, allowed us to remove most of the inner walls which, when flooded with the natural light of the direct glazed south elevation, seemed cavernous. This was what was needed as there were many rooms and differing functions that we needed to get into this new space. With a new floor space of 150m2 created, this left enough room for all of the functions and rooms. These consisted of a WC and cloakroom, hallway from the main house including an enlarged opening from the main house into the new area, a formal eating area, a new kitchen including a large breakfast […]
This cleverly designed garage & summer room was built in this lovely village in Corby. This historic building is a grade 2 listed stone building adjacent to the village church, the design of the garage/summer room had to be very sympathetic and run in line with all the listed building consent specification. By designing the roof with a very low pitch at the rear, this allowed us to create a large part glazed summer room / gym/ entraining area above the garage. Using the topography of the site enabled us to elevate the rear section giving a large rear oak deck area that is accessed by two oak staircases. This then leads onto the bi-fold doors which when open lets the outside in. Inside the area has a heated floor with an oak overboard, a Sonos sound system and wi-fi connection. Underneath the large Scotch pine trees, clever use of topography allows this new multi-use structure to sit beautifully and sympathetically with the church and the natural environment surrounding it.
We have just completed extensive refurbishments to a grade II listed stunning home in the Welland valley village of Barrowden. The hand made air dried Oak frame was an essential part of the design allowing us to re-new the families dynamic use of the ground floor.
This lovely contemporary pair of oak frame extensions have just been completed in the rural Welland Valley village of Alexton. The standing seamed zinc fascia and roof detail including the simplistic roof atriums lead the approach to the design of these glazed oak extensions. The brief was again natural light, natural materials but with a contemporary/modern edge. The flat roof design was essential for these extensions in both the aesthetic and practical sense and with the new membrane that is now used throughout the flat roofed industry is for all intents and purposes a swimming pool liner that has welded seams and with a 10 year warranty belies all the old worries with a flat roof. The large atrium lights dealt with the need for the loss of light where the new building abutted the existing, using light coloured travertine floor also helped bounce the light into the adjacent rooms. Heating as usual was an underfloor heating system joined to the existing boiler and plumbing. With modern advances these systems are very easy to install, are very efficient and have very low maintenance. Lighting was our standard spec of internal spots, central pendants and exterior lighting , all of which […]
This lovely air dried oak framed extension in the ancient village of Medbourne has recently been completed by our team at Natural Structures. This new space is abutting a 500 year old cottage that is literally yards from the river which runs through this little rural village. The new space incorporates a new kitchen, day room, utility & WC. Our brief for the team was to design a building that not only incorporated the above functions but also took advantage of the natural light that the location of the cottage offered. The materials that were chosen to run along the build design were kept to an absolute minimum to create a simplistic structure. Oak was the natural choice to sit sympathetically with the natural stone of the cottage, where possible we left these elements exposed to help give the new structure some genuine detail. Lighting, as always plays a large role in creating atmosphere within the space and as standard all the lighting we fit is adjustable in output through dimmer switches. This again is the same for the exterior lighting as this is not only for the aesthetics of the building but also an important factor in those dark days of […]
With the Welland river running through the gardens of this beautiful residence, the new stone and oak extensions make the most of the river view. The existing house is several hundred years old and now with these cleverly designed extensions has doubled its size. The choice to use local stone and original Collyweston roof slates makes the new space feel as if it was built along with the original house. After a few months of exposure and de-colouring it will look as one dwelling all built decades ago. With new kitchens, utility, drawing room and dining/snug area, the traditional dwelling has been brought into the 21st century. The atrium roof light was designed for maximum natural light into the dining/snug area and also to throw light into the existing room therefore negating the potential loss of light. The six leaf bi-fold doors were designed for the light benefit and also to open the area up entirely onto the new terraced area. Design details such as areas left unplastered to show off the unique age-old stonework and sympathetic design of skirting and architrave all help to lend this space an air of originality. The oak and stone work seamlessly together as both are natural, warm and textured […]
We recently completed this beautiful period oak framed house in the prestigious village of Hambleton, Rutland. Hambleton village is situated on the peninsula that protrudes into Rutland water, this peninsula splits the reservoir into two arms. The complete oak frame house was built on an existing footprint with superb views over the reservoir. By demolishing the original structure but saving the foundations and obviously the position, we are able to create this beautiful period home. The dynamics of this specially designed oak framed home were as you would expect biased toward the views of the reservoir and by utilising the 1st floor as the main living areas really made the best of the beautiful views. The ground floors consisted of garage space and also the main entrance and hallway which led you to the 1st floor with the main living areas. The exterior vertical skin was of local stone and also beautifully hand made Stone Mullion windows with the roof finished of with Colleyweston tiles. With our usual eye for detail for all the internal finishes and the detail of the oak frame, the interior of this beautiful home perfectly matched the stunning exterior views of Rutland water.