Springfield Farm, an elegant and sustainable modern home is located in the green-belt south of Bath, on the edge of a small rural village.
The clients Max and Diana, retired architects, chose Andrew Wood from a short list of forty architects. They asked for their new home to be a contemporary and individual architectural piece; a home in which to display their art collection, and for the house to sit very comfortably within the rural environment. They asked for spaces, not rooms; divisions, not walls; and vertical and horizontal surfaces to display art, sculpture and ceramics.
After assisting Max and Diana with site finding and feasibility studies for sites across the south west, Springfield Farm was chosen their new home. Andrew Wood designed the building in detail and submitted it to the Bath and North East Somerset Planning department (BaNES) in 2012. Planning permission was achieved in eight weeks through a smooth straight forward process, without revision, difficulty or any onerous conditions.
The house was designed to be free flowing, spaces are created through changes in floor level, all of which are focused towards the garden and the open valley views beyond. Care has been taken to limit the impact of the house on the landscape. The roof of the first floor is no higher than the ridge of the original bungalow and the site is banked to allow the wild flower meadow to flow up and over the earth covered wing to the west.
The materials were chosen to further blend the building into itÕs rural setting, with Frake hardwood cladding, which has quickly turned silver grey with weathering, grey renders to compliment the local limestone village buildings and limestone walls for the terrace and garden. The building was designed to be a sustainable low energy home, with solar hot water panels, triple glazing, a heat exchanger and an air tight building construction.
The house has been published in the Sunday Times and was shortlisted for the Homebuilding and Renovating 2015 Awards, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. The building was a self-build project, with local practice Designscape Architects providing the construction documentation for the self build process.