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Project Details:

hanging lights hang in front of two large roof windows installed above the front door, a bedroom leads off to the left

Glazing Vision worked with Terry Huggett Developments, Thread Architects, and the local planning authority to ensure that the design would complement and enhance its setting, raising the standard of architecture in the area.

Externally, the entrance was picked out with a contemporary porch in zinc cladding enclosing a large timber pivot door. On entering the house, you immediately step into a large hallway that rises up to the first floor. The client was looking to create an entrance that would have an instant visual impact upon entering the house. What could be achieved was limited by the property being located within a conservation area. Two Glazing Vision Pitchglaze Roof Windows have provided a solution that allows light into the space as well as offering beautiful views whilst fitting in with the controlled and bold form and material palette of the front of the house.

exterior of modern building with a driveway of grey tiles and a wooden fence and door

The front of the house uses a limited palette of high quality and crafted materials to construct a bold and expressive entrance whilst maintaining a scale and massing that sits comfortably with its neighbours. To the rear, the house opens up into a series of spectacular contemporary internal and external living spaces that link to each other either directly or by the views created between them, responding to the clients wish for light and open living.

The house is entered through a locally hand-crafted timber doorway, leading to a light filled double height entrance hall. An axis is created from the entrance, through glimpsed views of the living spaces and gardens beyond that opens up as it is approached. The first living space stretches across the width of the rear of the house and contains the kitchen, dining and snug area.

modern living room with a cream sofa and steps lead up to wooden floor and a small dining table, panoramic windows provide views of the outside garden

The kitchen links externally to an upper terrace with an external barbeque kitchen, purpose made by a local company. Stepping down from the snug is a sunken garden living area lined with local stone that extends out to an external lower terrace. From this terrace, steps guide you up over steppingstones across a pond to a separate garden room that provides the focal point for the site line created through the house from entrance to garden. The house provides 5 bedrooms including a main bedroom suite overlooking the rear garden.

To ensure that the construction of the house provided the client with a sustainable and thermally efficient home, the external envelope is built using structurally insulated panels. These are finished in locally sourced ashlar Hampole Fine Limestone, robust buff brickwork to compliment the stone, and natural slate to ensure the longevity of the home as well as creating a beautiful aesthetic.

photo of a modern building with a tiled driveway and gate, two roof windows are the focus point5 of the house

The large pivot front door and the discreet garage door are finished in cedar whilst the house entrance is picked out in a zinc and cedar surround. Internally locally crafted joinery is celebrated including the stair and curved handrail. Previously owned items are re-used in the timber screens in the snug and reglazed original Crittal doors to the utility room and pantry.

Construction work for the house commenced in March 2020 just before the first COVID lockdown. The construction of the house continued throughout the lockdown periods and was completed in August 2021. This time was a challenge and the quality achieved is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved.

The design of the Roof Windows help maintain a smooth roof appearance and uninterrupted view out from the hall due to the frameless internal appearance. The house is constructed in SIP panels, and Glazing Vision worked with all involved to ensure we could create a successful detail between the roof structure and roof window.

“We found Glazing Vision to be very helpful and responsive and they worked with us to achieve our client’s vision for the entrance to their new home. We still love stepping through the door to see the space created when we visit the house. The Pitchglaze Roof Windows are a great value system and a solution to help create light filled spaces with real impact.” – Terry Huggett, Terry Huggett Developments.

Photography: Dug Wilders Photography 

Technical Corner

Pitchglaze Roof Window

Size: 3000mm (internal viewable span) x 968mm (internal viewable width)

Weight: Overall product weight = 184kg

Pitch: Manufactured to suit an installation pitch of 34°

Colour: Outer Colour: RAL7015 Slate Grey Matt. Inner Colour: RAL7015 Slate Grey Matt

Specification: 33.5mm double glazed unit (silicone sealed) comprising of 6mm HST Toughened soft coat low E (1.1) 16mm Argon, Black warm edge spacer, silicone sealed 11.5mm Heat strengthened PVB Laminated

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