This stunning new build home in Oxfordshire is constructed of natural stone with a sweeping copper roof and revolves around a double height sliding glass wall that absorbs the woodland setting.
The house has 4 en-suite bedrooms with 3 reception rooms and a utility wing for the cloakroom, boot room and an outdoor pursuits storage room. The key feature is the main kitchen, which is the focal point of the house.
The kitchen is double height with a stunning floor to ceiling sliding glass wall that frames the view of the garden. The 5m glass panel slides back fully, to create a full height opening.
The kitchen is sleek and minimalist, with concealed Gaggenau appliances in brushed stainless steel and gloss Balthaup kitchen units. Underfloor heating was installed in the wooden flooring laid throughout the ground floor and also under the fully carpeted first floor to eradicate the need for radiators.
All the ground floor windows have built in plain blinds that are concealed in a 25mm slit above each window. This includes a blind that covers the 5m glass wall. The blinds are controlled by the Lutron system.
The roof curves in many directions, rippling across the building. It is built of Iroko hard wood and covered in copper with a fishtail effect to enable it to gently sweep around corners. A further feature is the shaped vertical wooden panelling that frames the soft rise of the roof. The curved polished concrete lintels were made to specification in Cornwall in order to get sand that was white enough to meet the client’s exacting specification.
The house is not just unique in its design. The construction also required a non-standard approach including using concrete block partitions rather then studwork on the ground and first floor. It is also high tech with a whole home Lutron light control system and a discreet music and wireless sound system with a Bang and Olufsen wall mounted TV and speakers.
Architect: Adrian James
Photographer: Fisher Studios Ltd