New build rural contemporary family home with barn aesthetic in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns.


We were commissioned to design a new build four-bedroom contemporary family home for a musician, a singer and their family on a rural infill site in a row of existing dwellings. 

Nestled in amongst an eclectic mix of housing styles in the village of Ley Hill, the house has been designed with a strong, simple and clean barn / farmhouse-aesthetic, in response to its rural location and adjacency to centuries-old farmsteads. 

Two pitched-roof gable-ended volumes are proposed, both providing different accommodation typologies. 

A two storey element with First Floor accommodation sitting partly in the roof space and with part-dormer windows give this volume more of a contemporary farmhouse aesthetic. This element is linked by the spacious entrance area to a one storey element which sits parallel to the existing hedgerows. Its massing responds to the site boundary to the South East and a Listed farmstead adjacent.

The internal view of the spacious kitchen / diner / family room is the feature space of the house and was designed for the family to gather.  Exposed limed douglas fir trusses are proposed to the vaulted roofline which are complemented by slimline aluminium framed windows / doors, matt copper and inky blue units with poured concrete kitchen worktops and floor.

Locally-sourced external materials with a Chiltern-vernacular were explored in detail during the design process. The client preferred a combination of local handmade red stock bricks, reclaimed clay rooftiles, roughcast render and dark-stained timber weather-boarding. 

External surface treatments were key, ensuring that the proposed house harmonised successfully with the existing landscape. The existing native hedgerows will be supplemented where necessary to form an attractive setting for the proposed dwelling whilst also offering protection to local wildlife and privacy to the family. 


Building Type: New Build Residential Detached Property
Client: Private
Location: Ley Hill, Buckinghamshire
Status: In Planning
Value: Confidential