Smithy Lane House
An architecturally outstanding new private family home recently completed in Smithy Lane, Cheshire, has been described by its designers as: “A contemporary retelling of traditional vernacular domestic architecture, set within the Cheshire countryside.”
Ian Scullion, Associate at Fasciato Architects, who designed the scheme said: “Our aim was to design a contemporary take on a traditional house type, while steering away from being too trend-focused or fashionable.”
Main contractors for the project were HD Building Company, led by Rick Walker.
The house is based on a cruciform plan, with parapet gabled walls defining the end of each wing. The parapet gabled walls and pitched slate roofs create simple, clean forms accentuated by the external material choices of white render and masonry, while traditional architectural details such as exposed rafter ends, stone copings and brick chimneys create a solid, grounded aesthetic.
The large expanses of glazing add to the crisp modern appearance, and the cruciform layout allows for visual connections between the separate wings of the house, as well as to the walled garden and the surrounding grounds.
The interior spaces contrast with the low level architectural appearance of the exterior. Within the family and formal wings, high pitched ceilings allow extensive light into the spaces, whereas the relatively low ceilings of the bedroom wing provide a more intimate and calm atmosphere.
However, the most unexpected element of the design is at the meeting point of the four wings. In the centre of the single storey house, a large, bespoke glazed lantern forms the ceiling of the entrance hall, flooding the space with light and air.
From this dramatic central space, the four wings of the house separate the accommodation into different uses: family living, formal, bedrooms and services.
Ian Scullion continued: “Although each wing has its own interior design ambience, the different spaces are connected through a considered palette of materials. Pale tiled floors, dark framed windows, white walls and oak joinery provide an understated backdrop.
“The glazed link with slender circular columns and the large windows of the master bedroom and family room, allow connection to the private walled garden from different areas of the house.”
The high performing building fabric, in conjunction with sustainable technologies such as air source heat pumps and solar PV panels, results in a high standard 5-star EPC rating and SAP Band A rating.
Ian Scullion concluded: “The client’s brief was ambiguous. Their only stipulation was that the house should be single storey and have level access.
“Our ethos within the practice is to design long lasting, considered, thoughtful architecture and create internal environments which recognise how people actually use spaces.
“The house is beyond our client’s expectations, providing large, generous, connected spaces that reflect the way they live and also take advantage of the substantial surroundings.”
Fasciato Architects’ approach to design is to develop our client’s brief and interpret this in an imaginative, innovative and exciting way.
Residential projects range from new one-off houses, barn conversions, housing for developers and house extensions – including projects within and involving listed buildings or houses within conservation areas.
The practice is also responsible for many successful and award-winning restaurant designs, often within listed and notable buildings.
In addition to construction or extensions, Fasciato are also interior designers, and their complete design package can in include bar counters and back bars, serveries, built-in furniture and lighting and colour and material choices.
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