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Coquet Moor House in Northumbria

English Buildings in Northumbria, northeast England design by Studio McLeod Architects, UK

28 August 2023

Location: Northumbria, England

Design: Studio McLeod Architects

Coquet Moor House in Northumbria Property

Photos by Darryn Wade

Coquet Moor House – Northumbria Residence

A large high quality extension to Coquet Moor House on a small budget. The brief was to create exciting connections between old and new, offering something different to the main house. There was to be strong connections to the garden taking advantage of landscape views, and creating a memorable place to have grown up.

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Studio McLeod developed clear concepts and worked with contractors to agree key details while the client managed the build. The extension was to have a different architectural feel to the original house.

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The ground floor living areas are open plan with light filled circulation and bedrooms and play spaces on the first floor.

The original house and extension are separated by a double height dark zinc stair enclosure, which allows a shift in roof geometry to provide sufficient headroom and area for the first floor. The original external stone wall is exposed forming a tactile connection to the old house.

A canted and top-lit landing takes advantage of the roof pitch to give height and drama. One of the skylights is shared between the landing and two bedrooms; a cost effective way of providing interesting natural light. Glass floor panels allow light to reach the ground floor and provide views between floors and to the sky.

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The extension is understated, respecting the established public face of the original house.
The street elevation reflects the original house, while windows, within narrow open larch cladding, become larger and more contemporary as one moves around the building, offering views to the spectacular landscape.

Slim larch cladding creates a lightweight feel and oversails certain windows to give a smaller window appearance while allowing dappled light internally. At night, internal lighting glows through, dissolving the cladding’s solid appearance.

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What were the key challenges?

The key challenge was to provide an efficient yet interesting layout with interesting spatial connections and straightforward yet beautiful construction details. Extending beyond the rear of the house provided a geometric challenge to achieve good head heights for the bedrooms.
The client managed the construction phase, working with Studio McLeod, and contractors to realize the design on a tight budget.

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Coquet Moor House – Building Information

Begun: Jul 2014
Completed: Jul 2015
Floor area: 139 sqm
Sector: House

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Total cost: £240,000
Funding: Private
Tender date: Jun 2014
Procurement: JCT Building contract for a Home Owner / Occupier
Address: Coquet Moor House, Acklington, Morpeth, NE65 9AL, United Kingdom

Coquet Moor House in Northumbria Property

Photography: Darryn Wade

Coquet Moor House in Northumbria images / information received 280823 from Studio McLeod Architects

Location: Northumbria, Northeast England, United Kingdom

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