Impressive architecturally designed eco-friendly house
Millfields Cottage is an impressive house of contemporary architectural design completed by the present owners in collaboration with Nick Willson Architects in 2015.
The home is beautifully considered and dynamically designed to enhance the natural contours of the site. The landscape is divided into a beautiful series of breathtaking naturalistic looking gardens encircled with undulating lawns. The plant combinations are striking and alive, brimming with robust perennials and grasses 'Piet Oudulf' style.
The focus of the garden is a pure, natural, rainwater swimming pool. Aquatic plants keep the fresh water clean with no need for chemicals. The pool forms part of the views that flow seamlessly from the garden to the woodland and meadow beyond, which is completely deer fenced to form a private, exclusive nine acre curtilage.
The house is approached off a private driveway sweeping through an automated gated entrance onto a large parking area where an avenue of architectural pleached Hornbeam trees screen the house. A double carport with EV charging point and lockable storage leads down to a covered entrance colonnade, through a Passivhaus front door and into a panelled entrance hall with concealed storage. This area offers a contrast to the central open plan kitchen creating a "compression and expansion effect". Leading off the hall is a guest cloakroom/shower room and utility/plant/boot room.
The stunning kitchen/dining room is enhanced by a double-height atrium with galleried landing to maximise space and light. Great consideration has been given to the interaction between the interior and exterior spaces to delivery symmetry between the two environments.
The polished concrete floor is enhanced by sharp architectural lines and clean internal design, which is exemplified by the shadow gaps surrounding windows and doors. The house has numerous significant features notably a traditional red brick herringbone spine, which houses the bamboo panel staircase.
The principal reception rooms flow comfortably into one another, yet remain their own independent environments. A further change in levels between the kitchen and living room helps to create a separate, private and cosy environment. The easy flow between rooms makes the property ideal for both entertaining and self-contained family living.
A central staircase crafted from bamboo leads to the first floor and grand master bedroom with dressing and bathroom to the east. There are three further guest bedrooms with two shower rooms to the west.
The open void landing provides dramatic views over the kitchen and garden areas and is used as a study. All bedrooms benefit from built-in wardrobes and direct access onto private balconies.
Further internal design features, include Louis Poulson, Flos and Optelma light fittings; exposed herring bone brickwork, high quality durable and environmentally sustainable bamboo walls, ceiling and floor detail. This delivers a high quality finish and textual dynamic to the interior decoration, that contains anti-static and anti-allergic benefits to facilitate a healthy indoor environment.
The house's south facing orientation allows for floor to ceiling triple glazed windows to take full advantage of the sun's trajectory. These windows allow different and changing views to be captured over the gardens and grounds. During cooler winter months of low lying sun the glazing allows the house to be filled with light and to take full advantage of solar gain. However, in summer the overhanging roof and balcony projections help to keep the house cool.
The north facing elevation has a more solid and grounded feel, with minimal areas of glazing and a large brick spine. The windows in this elevation also offers views to the woodland at the rear.
The home has a Loxone home automation system which provides intelligent, easy to use control of heating and lighting, security entry, music, blinds, ventilation and alarm system whether at home or aboard.
The latest energy efficient technology, designed to deliver cost savings, includes a 7,500 Litre Rain Water Harvester for irrigation, an air source heat pump and solar photovoltaic panels for underfloor heating and hot water plus a Paul MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery) for clean air supply.
Internorm Passivhaus triple glazed windows and doors and Lamilux triple glazed rooflights make the home energy efficient. Sustainable green roofs on car port and walkway are designed for enhanced biodiversity and air quality.
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