Stoneycroft, a new-build family home in Derbyshire
Our clients bought a rare plot in a popular Derbyshire village with rolling countryside views. Their brief was to design a home for a family with grown children who all live busy lives and want a space they can enjoy together, while also providing a level of flexibility and space. The family also own a company that specialises in industrial buildings and wanted to put this expertise to use by building by using a steel framed building.
Working within the context of a rural village we designed a series of buildings that step down into the landscape, following the topography of the land. We designed a shallow plan building, which lends itself to steel framed construction. Aesthetically this design is reminiscent of traditional, brick built agricultural buildings found in this area.
Although the house is, in essence large, the design of ‘a collection of buildings’ conceals the scale within the streetscene and provides plenty of living space that frames the amazing views.
Architecture with a Sense of Place
Our Concept: A Collection of Rural Buildings
We always try to deliver quality architecture with a design that suits a building surroundings. Having made sure we reviewed the landscape, topology and neighbouring architecture we came up with this design of a collection of rural buildings. This design offers plenty of space for a large family but from the road it looks like a series of smaller homes. The main glass entrance forms a link between buildings at the same time as offering a glimpse of rural countryside views as arrive. The amount of glazing also floods the main circulation with light, without making it a greenhouse in summer.
Working in a Rural Area
Swain architecture are experienced at working within rural areas. We liaised with South Derbyshire District Council Planning Authority and ensured that our designs work within the picturesque village and streetscene of the property.
A Family Home
Space for Everyone
Houses in villages have a reputation as being small. Our challenge was to create a large amount of family accommodation that flows naturally, offering communal areas as well as personal spaces. As well as four bedrooms, a snug, mezzanine, gym, home office, boot room and utility, give this home defined spaces and clutter free circulation. All of these extra spaces ensure that a home works and functions well.
Connected to Nature
At the rear of the property, full width glazing frames the outside space. This introduces lots of light to the kitchen/living space as well as providing an amazing view of the large garden, and beautiful rolling Derbyshire countryside.
The materials buildings are designed with are important to us at Swain Architecture. With our design for Stoneycroft we chose local red brick and timber (typically agricultural) for the façades of the building but utilised them in a contemporary way. Our aim is to design a building that looks like it belongs in its surroundings while being authentic to its time. We hope you agree that we’ve achieved both contemporary and sensitive architecture.
What did the clients think?
“Thank you so much again for designing our house. We love living here and we couldn’t have done it without your professional approach and understanding of our requirements. We are both very grateful.”
The owners of Stoneycroft, Derbyshire
Do you have a heritage property you’d like to turn into a family home?
Swain Architecture has extensive experience working with planning authorities to ensure sensitive development within rural areas. Whether you’re raring to knock down walls, or taking your first tentative steps towards a new space, we’d love to hear about your project. Bringing inspiration, robust design practice and plenty of experience with us, we transform spaces into something you can enjoy for years to come.