Berkshire Country House


This site for this house sits in the South Downs AONB, it had been a set of modern milking barns. For our property developer client, as a first step we advised on the feasibility of gaining planning approval and inputted this into their business case for a new house, prior to their purchase of the site.

The landscape surrounding Hungerford is interspersed with brick and clay houses, plus pockets of woodland between large rolling grain fields. The client was keen to follow the local material characteristics of brick, stone and clay tile, to ensure the house would be a sympathetic fit within this patchwork of fields and woodland.

The house had a traditional H shaped plan and takes its proportions from traditional Mid Georgian architecture. The internal layout is based around a central axis from the front door through the hall and drawing room to a stone portico to the views beyond. To the left of the axis are the formal and traditional rooms (study and drawing room), and to the right, the modern open plan kitchen and utility and boot room.

We included traditional detailing into the scheme, bringing a richness to the design.These details included the rubbing of bricks to achieve canted brick arches above windows, a carved stone pediment to the entrance canopy, plaster mouldings to the drawing room and the timber stairs rising from the limestone hall floor with black cabochon.

The Blake team prepared designs for all stages of the project, including bathrooms and the kitchen. We worked with the developers and quantity surveyors throughout the construction process to deliver the project on budget and time, administering the construction contract.

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Steven James Kitchens

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Wye Solutions

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Davidson Walsh Consulting Engineers

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Whelford Construction