PRIVATE RESIDENTAL PROJECT
New Build - Walnut Tree Cottage
The KJ Architects team completed a full new build project in the form of Walnut Tree Cottage in Cambridgeshire Fens. This example of private residential architecture was built to stringent specifications, ensuring that our client received a long lasting and sustainable building. As such, we took extremely careful consideration with regards to which materials to use during our architectural consultancy sessions, prior to the inception of the cottage.
Natural cedar cladding accounted for much of the property’s make-up, with this material enveloping the double garage we built as well as the cottage itself. A 360 degree covered veranda was also constructed, again consisting of natural cedar, and offering unobstructed views of the surrounding fenland, as did the small paved area we created for sitting and relaxing in. Given the cottage’s isolated nature, we designed it to operate almost entirely independently, with an on-site well providing water, and boiler fuel also stored on site, where sewerage treatment is administered.
The design incorporates complete wheelchair access to the ground floor, which includes a dining hall, kitchen, lounge and two bedrooms. Two first floor bedrooms were also built in the roof, making the design appear, from the outside, as a single storey dwelling. In actual fact, we engineered a staircase for access to a spacious two-storey, vaulted atrium with contemporary en-suite facilities. A studio/gallery bridges the naturally lit atrium, and offers views over the central area of the house, as well as the skies above. The staircase emanates from the cottage’s social hub; the kitchen. Cast iron AGA nestling contrasts with a state-of-the-art kitchen design to encapsulate a juxtaposition between contemporary and traditional values, and a solid maple floor continues through the kitchen to the spacious lounge, where accents of a traditional farmhouse are present in the form of a stone fire surround and wood burning stove. The high-spec windows we installed in the property, meanwhile, were sourced from Sweden and filled with Argon gas, before being coated in a low-emissivity finish to reduce solar gain and provide a ‘U’ value far greater than that of legal requirement.
Our client instantly fell in love after seeing our architecture design for this particular project, and were absolutely delighted with the end result. If you would like to know more about our bespoke private residential architecture, or any of our architectural services, then please simply contact our team. Give us a call on 01638 662393. Or, if you would prefer, you can leave your details on our contact us page and await our response.