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Contemporary sustainable design

Contemporary sustainable design

An older chalet house is replaced with a contemporary dwelling. The site allows the main element – a timber clad building the size of a typical New Forest cottage – to be combined with a highly sustainable single storey grass roofed living area. The gardens are kept natural and very simple.

Design: Francis Wheal Architects. Photos: Chris Balcombe.

contemporary home entranceThe house is set behind an established tracery of trees and has a modest gated entrance.

use of timber in a contemporary homeTimber features strongly and helps the dwelling and outbuildings merge with the woodland backdrop.

contemporary home externalA composition of one and two storey buildings echo the rural courtyard character.

back of contemporary homeIn contrast to the front timbered element, the glazed lounge and green roof are tucked to the rear.


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