Essex House

Architectural Services:
Measured survey
Initial sketch concepts
Outline designs
3D Visualisations
Landscape Design
Planning application
Appointing consultants
Planning appeal
Detailed design
Project Architect:
Tom Dawson
Danbury, Essex

The form of this new build house in Essex draws from the surrounding housing typologies of traditional pitched roofed properties and timber barns. The detailing is contemporary with frameless glass bays and herringbone cladding.

The site offers a fantastic woodland environment and the design was determined by the house’s relationship with the garden and the views offered to the mature oak trees beyond. Internally, the design features white-soaped timber to create a dialogue with the woodland context whilst offering visual warmth and tactile surfaces. The landscape design includes a raised pond that surrounds the house. This will reflect views of the trees and also cast dappled light onto the ground floor ceiling.

The trees on the site are protected by a tree preservation order and the design has responded to a requirement to minimise impact on their roots. A raised cantilevered ground floor slab rests on inset pile foundations. Excavations are therefore kept to a minimum.

Planning consent was won at appealĀ in August 2015.