Contemporary Replacement Dwelling

An excellent example of considered and successful modern design

Driftwood More

What We Created

The ground floor is designed around a central viewing axis to ensure uninterrupted views from the principal entrance through to the rear garden, ending with views of a commissioned sculpture. This central atrium comprises an open plan kitchen-living-dining area that is carefully positioned to maximise the amount of natural daylight.

Our client wanted the house to see them into their retirement, so accessibility was key. The luxury master suite with a separate bathroom and walk-in dressing room, which opens out onto a new raised terrace, are therefore positioned on the ground floor. Access to this bedroom is achieved via our secretly detailed door in the cladding that runs outside to in and back outside!

The first floor has two large double bedrooms with en-suites and private terraces that look over a large expanse of living/green roof and the garden beyond. The darkened cinema room is situated upstairs, where the large galleried landing provides dual aspect views of the front and rear gardens. The large roof light floods this central area with natural light that gets right into the heart of the home.

With such a variety of living spaces, both internal and external, our clients couldn’t wait to make Driftwood their home.

  • Location
    Loughton, Essex
  • Size
    392 square metres
  • Status
    Completed September 2020
  • Cost

The Former House


Driftwood Design Features

  • Dramatic overhangs at ground and first floor levels create dynamic architectural features and brise soleil, which protects against solar gain
  • Large vertical window openings create a strong connection to the surrounding landscape, creating bold and contemporary elevations
  • Continuous cladding and timber ceilings and external soffits create an aesthetic flow that connects the house and the garden
  • A sunken fire creates a versatile outdoor space that can be used year-round
  • The rear of the house ‘floats’, a highly unique and inventive detail

"When you walk in through the front door, you can see straight through to the garden with the big windows, and there’s the big skylight in the middle of the entrance, it’s just so different to the house we used to have here. Even on a gloomy day, and there have been a few since we moved in, the house is so full of light. "

Kathleen Armstrong, Client

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The International Design & Architecture Awards

Clear Architects’ residential new-build, Driftwood, was shortlisted in the category of ‘Residential from £1-2.5million’ at The International Design & Architecture Awards 2021