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The bespoke home in the picturesque village of Medbourne overcame a series of significant constraints to secure conservation area consent and planning approval.
Next to the village’s Grade II* listed church and to Medbourne Brook, the designers raised floor levels to mitigate flood risk and ensured the ridge height did not compromise views of the church.
The building uses natural local materials to make the house appear as though it has been a part of the village landscape for many years.
The five-bedroom family home has three storeys of accommodation and a separate outbuilding which includes a self-contained play-room and office space above.
Set in a quarter of an acre plot the development has a driveway and a garden with views over the adjacent churchyard and Medbourne Brook.
The design had to be revised after work started on site when details of an historic highway was found to run through the site.
Materials included ironstone for the walls, a combination of thatch and slate tiles for the roofs and timber windows. The ironstone front boundary wall includes ‘cock and hen’ detailing seen in and around Medbourne.
Environmental aspects include rainwater harvesting, a highly insulated building envelope, energy efficient LED lighting and low water use appliances.
BRP Architects Ltd
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47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643