Kite House – Dockenfield

Kite House is a sensitive, contemporary addition to the rural landscape. The house has been located higher than the original dwelling on the sloping plot in order to enjoy views over the fields to the southwest. It can be seen upon entry to the village but sits modestly in the landscape. It has a large swooping roof over the upper floor family areas, which protects the tall glazing from solar gains whilst providing shelter. The house is built into the slope, providing thermal mass. Along with high levels of insulation and airtightness, the heat recovery ventilation system and low temperature underfloor heating will ensure low running costs for the residents. The cladding is a pre-weathered larch; sustainable and ensuring that the colour of the cladding remains constant as it ages. Coupled with excellent landscape design, the new dwelling has been a huge success and recognised with 3 design awards and publication in Grand Designs Magazine.


Winner of the Waverley Borough Council Design Award 2023 ‘New Buildings and Developments’ which seeks to recognise innovative design and construction that will remain relevant and eye catching for decades to come.

Winner of the WBC ‘Environment and Landscape Award’ which seeks to highlight any project which improves the character of an area’

Commended in the ‘Interiors’ award category.


2022 Grand Designs Magazine ‘American Influence’


Contractor: Wey Developments

Landscape Design: Victoria Bailey Gardens

Project Manager: Knight Project Management