Project Description

Our clients were looking for Totnes Architects to obtain planning permission and Building Regulations approval for their contemporary new home

The Walled Garden sits within the listed setting of Fallapit Estate. Our clients were looking for Totnes Architects to obtain planning permission and Building Regulations approval for a modernist, single-storey pavilion.

The house includes 3 bedrooms and open plan living accommodation, which opens out onto a swimming pool and sunny terrace. The flat roof cantilevers over the external walls providing shade to the full height ideal combi glazing panels and forms a covered veranda around the entire floor plan. The green roof is covered in sedum blankets and blends in with the surrounding garden landscaping when viewed from the elevated position of the site entrance. A green roof also delivers important bio-diversity gains and rainwater attenuation. As one moves down the site towards the building, the timber and glazed elevations reveal themselves from below the eaves overhang.

The house is constructed from highly insulated timber frame panels, infilling a steel frame primary structure. The majority of the steel frame posts are concealed within partitions, except for the corner windows where they are set back inside the glazing to become a feature in the space. Continuing the glazing in front of the steel posts creates a visually lightweight corner detail when viewed from both inside and outside and suits the contemporary style of the building.

The finished house is clad in a mixture of timber slatting and painted render panels between the full height glazing elements. The powder-coated aluminium fascia around the projecting roof creates a strong visual profile, and the soffit is finished in timber cladding to match the elevations. Rainwater pipes are concealed within the cladding panels on the wall for a truly minimalist finish on the elevations.  

The house is a perfect example of how a considered, contemporary design can successfully complement the character of a sensitive historic setting.