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SECRET HOUSE WRAPPED AROUND COURTYARD

Denbridge Road

Denbridge Road

THE OVERVIEW

Our client has always dreamed of owning an iconic modernist home with an indoor swimming pool that his young daughter could jump into from the kitchen table.

Having found himself a leafy back garden surrounded by woodland, he set about creating his dream.

The vision is of a low built ‘Secret House’, cutting edge in its design and wrapped around a landscaped courtyard.

THE CHALLENGE

The site is undeveloped and any building work will invariably overlook neighbouring properties.

A previous application for a 4 bedroom detached house was rejected in 1996, deemed to be cramped and undesirable by local planners.

THE SOLUTION

Dyer Grimes Architects’ ingenious design team has developed a building which sits harmoniously within its plot and appears almost hidden from neighbouring sites.

Working closely with our Arboriculturalist we have created a new access road which cuts through surrounding natural woodland without harm to existing trees. The new track creates a sweeping approach to the house, past a beautiful natural stone wall, and adds to the feeling of privacy and seclusion.

On arrival, a triple height entrance foyer and vast timber door make an instant impact. The house stands on a cantilever flooring deck which makes it appear to float above the ground.

The inside of the house is awash with natural daylight with minimalistic profile glazing throughout the ground floor.  The light brings an almost magical quality and highlights the quality of the interiors which include bespoke joinery, a bespoke staircase and beautiful handmade kitchen.

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