Hill Road


Replacing an existing 1950s bungalow on the site, we created this stunning modern three-storey home, re-positioning the building to maximise views over the surrounding Essex Green Belt and London skyline in the distance.

The Sunday Times featured the innovative blend of glazing, design and topography of this new build in its ‘Framing the View’ feature.

Hill Road

What We Did

The elevation of this plot provided a stunning viewpoint of the surrounding Essex countryside and London skyline – however the original bungalow simply didn’t do it justice.

Drawing from the site’s topography, our vision was to create a three-storey building that encapsulated the most amazing views of the London skyline from every available vantage point, while still sitting contextually with the neighbouring building.

The resulting design is a modern take on open-plan living, providing flow and privacy for a multi-generational home.

  • Location
    Theydon Bois, Essex
  • Size
    427 square meters
  • Status
    Completed December 2014
  • Cost

The main entrance is angled, creating space for a central feature staircase housed within a render wrap/slate facade. This is flooded with natural light from the glazed ‘curtain walling’ making a very dramatic entrance to the property.

The split-slate cladding provides a textured feature to the entrance and relates to the black slate roof of the property, tying the colour palette together.

We used a very simple selection of materials to compliment the new build’s unique form, creating a stunning piece of architecture.

This project is our first new-build home using high-performance SIPs (structured insulated panel) construction.

Original bungalow

Converted bungalow site developed into a large three story property.

Design Features

We moved the accommodation to the side elevation, which overlooked fields and the central London skyline that had previously been closed off by the original building’s orientation.

  • Light, three-storey atrium to the entrance foyer.
  • Open plan living.
  • Contemporary interior detailing throughout.


  • Material pallet included render, aluminium windows, three-storey stone entrance strip alongside a three-storey ‘curtain wall’.
  • Heat recovery system installed.
  • SIP- Structural Insulated Panels – used. Its innovative use on this build won Gold for our supplier SIPCO at the Structural Timber Awards 2016.
  • Stepped internal floors creating defined living ‘zones’ without breaking the ‘flow’ through the property.
Property featured in Grand Designs magazine

Property featured in Grand Designs magazine

"Located on the Essex Green Belt, the owners wanted to make the most of the surrounding views."

Grand Designs February 2017

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Master suite with vaulted ceilings provided an opportunity to introduce unique angled windows, matching the pitch of the roof and balcony.

The bespoke windows also ‘frame’ the view from different vantage points.

By using ‘picture’ windows creatively we unlocked the amazing views towards the City. This image was used in The Sunday Times article, ‘Framing the View’.

"When designing a residential space, the type and size of windows and doors is important, as they set the tone for the whole project.

In planning Hill Road, I used differing window placements to create a drama or harmonious symmetry of internal design, as well as to maximise the stunning views. The dining level benefits from full-height glass, while five tall, slim windows to both the kitchen and living areas offer symmetry inside and out."

James Mors, Associate Director

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Structural Timber Award

Clear Architects’ 40 Hill Road residential project won Gold for their supplier SIPCO at the Structural Timber Awards 2016.