Aspirational Design

The starting point of this project was the dramatic transformation of a 1970s home.

The original strategy was to change the existing pitched roof to a flat profile and to over-clad the existing elevations with sumptuous selected materials and precise detailing. Later on in the process, the refurbishment project changed course to become a new build, due to viable finances.

It is a stunning example of modern architecture and one that is fully functional for our client’s living requirements.


What We Propose

The ground floor is designed around a central viewing axis to ensure uninterrupted views from the principal entrance through to the rear garden.  This central foyer comprises an open plan kitchen-living-dining area that’s carefully positioned to maximise the amount of natural daylight that floods the space.

Also sited on the ground floor is a luxury master suite with a separate bathroom and walk-in dressing room, which opens out onto a new raised terrace.

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.  A separate study and cinema room are positioned around a central atrium with a large roof light which provides dual aspect views of the front and rear gardens and floods this central area with natural light, creating a truly unique first floor landing area.

  • Location
    Loughton, Essex
  • Size
    392 square metres
  • Status
    On Site April 2018
  • Cost
Rear Elevation

The Existing House


Design Features

  • Glazed corners with dramatic overhangs at ground and first floor levels create dynamic architectural features
  • Large vertical window openings create a strong connection to the surrounding gardens, offering an excellent outlook from the interiors and helping to create bold and contemporary elevations
  • Continuous timber ceilings and external soffits create an aesthetic flow and connection with the garden
  • A sunken fire pit and integrated water features have been designed in conjunction with our associated landscape architect
  • An overhanging upper terrace at the rear creates the illusion that the main house is floating
  • The existing building will be over-clad with contemporary materials, including contrasting natural and stained timber slats, plus textured render
Entrance Foyer

"Our client has lived in the existing house for several generations and has many memories embedded in its mortar. However, they have also lived abroad and experienced contemporary architecture at its best, even sending me a precedent of a John Pawson design! Our scheme embraces their new venture.

My favourite aspect of the house is the open-plan foyer. Here, you have dual aspect views of the front and rear garden, as well as natural light flooding through a huge roof light at the first floor. From this central point you can view all aspects of the house, which contrasts to the dark, unconnected existing foyer of the house soon to be demolished."

James Mors, Creative Director