Photos courtesy of The Modern House.
Kate and Andy, along with their two children and two dogs bought Aylesford House in summer 2015. It was a dated 1960’s dormer bungalow which didn’t respond to the site. The intension was to create a playful family house which exploits its fabulous site, sheltered by the woodland with far reaching views.
Kate is a local Chartered Architect, specialising in bespoke new dwellings and extension / refurbishments and Andy enjoys project managing the works, completing the majority of the manual work himself. The design had to enable the family to remain in the property throughout the works, so whilst a huge scaffold roof was constructed over the bungalow, the family moved in to the downstairs rooms. The roof and first floor was completely removed and a timber framed, flat roof first floor was cantilevered over the ground floor walls to optimise the first floor bedrooms. A rear kitchen extension was added with floor to ceiling glass. The first floor had to be habitable before work could begin on the ground floor spaces.
The design maximises the 50 mile views which are framed by huge windows. To the other sides there are equally impressive views in to the bank of pine woodland. From the roof terrace you are eye level with the buzzards and kites hovering over the neighbouring stables. Whilst able to spy on other neighbours including badgers, bats and deer….
The specification is high, with new cavity wall insulation, floor insulation with underfloor heating throughout. The timber frame is packed with insulation providing a very high thermal performance. The clever heating controls show how the house loses barely 1 degree overnight.
The house is clad in ‘Kebony’, which utilises a renewable softwood, treated with the by-product from another industry. This gives it the chemical makeup of hardwood and makes it rot resistant.