This new build house will provide a lifetime home for a family with small children. The site itself comprises the existing main house, gardens to the side and in front of the house, two access drives and a number of outbuildings.
Peak Architects have worked closely with the client and the Peak District Planning Authority to develop a proposal which replaces the existing 1970s dwelling with a contemporary home of high quality design.
The main entrance is on the ground floor level where a lightweight link block recesses between two stone ‘barn’ masses. This single height space houses a large open plan kitchen which flows into a living and dining area forming a ‘public’ zone to the ground floor. The open plan space is connected by a staircase to the guest accommodation on the lower level. The public ground floor accommodation focuses around a central courtyard and terrace.
By working with the existing landscape the building neatly sits with minimal visual impact. The stone volume drops down into the site and discreetly provides lower ground floor guest accommodation and plant. The double height stone building to the east provides private family space and back of house at ground floor, while upstairs there is private sleeping accommodation.
Views are focused towards the north west and south west of the site. The south east façades are more solid to avoid overlooking neighbours.
Peak Architects developed a refined and hardwearing material palette for the external skin of the building, paying careful attention to detail to create a texturally and tonally rich building.