Nestled in rural Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds, this detached architect designed farmhouse style property replaced an old barn. The new build house has 4 large en-suite bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, an open plan kitchen along with a boot room complete with a dog shower, and a spacious hallway with a feature staircase. Every room along the back of the house has glazed patio doors that open up onto a terrace with views over the river to the countryside.
The house was built in the traditional way with local limestone exterior walls and concrete interior walls, a Welsh slate roof, Ashlar window frames with sash windows and shutters. The house incorporates a number of modern efficiency features including good insulation, double-glazed windows, under floor heating and low voltage lighting. It also has a sustainable drainage system with a land drain that takes the wastewater from the property via a bio disc to a reed bed and into a nearby steam.
The WG Carter team worked closely with the clients throughout the project to ensure that every last detail was perfect. This included constructing mock fireplaces before the real ones were crafted to confirm the details of their design and making cardboard sofas for the correct positioning of the floor sockets. On request, a large rear terrace was designed by WG Carter during the build which is constructed from concrete beam and blocks with a dry stone wall perimeter and a sandstone floor with integrated ground lights.
Despite being designed for country living now, the design of the house also includes features that future proof it for independent living in older age. The interior and exterior doors are wide enough for wheelchairs, the windows are low, there is a lift and access from the outside is level with no steps.