Detached House on Broadway in Derby
The client had three initial requests: bridges, balconies and mezzanines. Swain Architecture was approached to create a light, bright and modern house with contemporary features including glass floors, high ceilings and multi functional spaces. The challenge was to create a spacious home on a small city centre plot, in one of Derby’s most desirable residential addresses.
Delivering a New Home for a Growing Family
A Flexible Family Home
Broadway was designed with the ultimate adaptability in mind. A home that works as well for entertaining as it would for a growing family. With flexibility at the forefront of the design, multi-functional rooms and spaces were created, with an option for up to five bedrooms in the future.
The Benefits of a Bespoke Design
Open Plan Living
An extensive open plan kitchen and living area is situated on the first floor, creating a sense of space with double-height ceilings and large, south-facing windows. Among the many surprises this main living space has a feature glass floor looking down the snug and garden below.
Materials, such as the slate roof, were selected to create a more traditional exterior. Materials were selected to be in keeping with the location: a leafy street with a number of Victorian redbrick houses.
A Detached Garden Room Northamptonshire
The Potting Shed, Hannington
When constructing their new home, a National Planning Policy Framework; Paragraph 55, new build farmhouse designed by acclaimed architect James Gorst, the client wanted to create a room in the garden to entertain visitors. They wanted a room their guests would not forget.
Swain Architecture was brought onto this project by renowned landscape architect James Alexander Sinclair to create an iconic party room with a unique twist – the exterior shell of the building is designed to resemble an old potting shed in a secret walled garden.
Designing for a Rural Environment
Using Appropriate Materials
Built using an agricultural steel frame, the building’s exterior incorporates disused materials including rusted tin roof, reclaimed brick and stone from the farm originally on the site, to achieve its desired weathered look. Despite its rustic appearance, the build is well-insulated and is fully protected against the elements.
A High-end Specification Entertainment Room
Inside the room is functional and modern. Features include a pizza over and Teppanyaki table and bar – enviable requirements for the ultimate party room. This is our take on a contemporary garden Folly.