New build knapped flint and clay house in the Chilterns Green Belt. Winner of Best Individual New Home in the LABC Awards 2021 (Central England Region) 


The brief for this project was a new, high-quality detached home for a couple to downsize to following retirement. As such, the house was future-proofed by designing-in enough flexibility to ensure it was suitable for them in their later life; a pre-constructed shaft for a future passenger lift, level thresholds throughout, a downstairs wetroom and circulation spaces wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, if required.

The house is centred around our client’s grandfather’s artwork collection which will be displayed in a light and airy galleried double-height atrium space, connecting all the habitable spaces together on all levels.

Externally, the house is constructed of acid-washed knapped flint, brown heather clay tiles, soft mud local clay multi stock bricks and granit-textured powder-coated window frames.

Internally, the palette is calm and measured; a handmade black walnut kitchen, wide oak-plank and muted grey polished porcelain flooring, matt-lacquered timber windows and frameless feature glazing.

The house is extremely thermally efficient, is run with an Air Source Heat Pump and energy-efficient underfloor heating features in every space. PV panels for electricity generation were recycled and reused to drastically reduce the overall carbon footprint. Materials were locally sourced where possible and the external landscaping has been designed to encourage wildlife habitats and roosting bats. The house is also fully automated to ensure that it is fit for purpose for many years to come.  

Building Type: New build Detached House
Client: Private
Location: Ley Hill, Buckinghamshire
Status: Planning Consent granted in 2018. Built project completed in 2020
Value: Confidential