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15 May 2013
Glass House, Hampshire, southern England
Design: AR Design Studio
Glass House England
photo : Martin Gardner
Glass House England
It is not every day that a body is found buried on your building site, but on a summer’s morning in 2012 this is exactly what happened while builders were laying foundations for RIBA award-winning architects AR Design Studio’s latest project.

9 May 2013
Shadow House, Wiltshire, southern England
Design: Jonathan Tuckey Design
Shadow House Wiltshire - English homes
photo : James Brittain
Shadow House
The clients were intent on preserving the historic character of this elegant historic chapel but needed to adapt the building to accommodate the needs of their young family and connect it to the garden at the rear of the site.

20 Jan 2013
Thompson House, Isle of Wight, southern England
The Manser Practice
Thompson House Isle of Wight - English homes
photo : Jonathan Manser
Contemporary House on the Isle of Wight
The Client’s brief was for their weekend and holiday house, a compact 1960’s bungalow, to be enlarged, giving more living accommodation and enhancing the views of the sea to the north and west. Maintaining the private/secret nature of the site was also a requirement.

17 Jan 2013
The Welch House, Isle of Wight, southern England
The Manser Practice
The Welch House - English homes
photo : Jonathan Manser
Isle of Wight House
The client, for whom the architects had previously designed a house in Nevada, wanted a modern four-bedroom family house with large open plan living area, using the dramatic seaside site.

16 Jan 2013
Boxwood, near Rye, East Sussex, south east England
Walker Bushe Architects
Booxwood England - English homes
photo : Janie Airey
House in Rye
Boxwood is situated within ancient woodland approximately 5 miles inland from the Cinque Port town of Rye in East Sussex. The site is an acre of woodland clearing surrounded by mature trees and shrubs with no obvious artificial boundaries. Wild Boar, Muntjac deer, bats and a plethora of birdlife are to be found within the surrounding woods.

English Homes in 2012

English Homes in 2012

28 Nov 2012
Orchard House, Wiltshire, south west England
Studio Octopi
Orchard House Wiltshire - English homes
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Orchard House Wiltshire
Orchard House was commissioned as a place in which to live, work and pursue various hobbies. The Client specifically wanted to create a lasting piece of responsive architecture that was not defined by her use of a wheelchair and where the building interacted effortlessly with the landscape.

16 Nov 2012
Country House in Hampshire
ADAM Architecture
Country Property in Hampshire - English homes
image : ADAM Architecture
Country House in Hampshire
Nigel Anderson at ADAM Architecture has won an appeal for an unusual new ‘NPPF Para 55’ country house in Hampshire. ADAM Architecture is one of the first practices to win planning permission, after appeal, under the new National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 55 – the replacement to the Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS7) which allows the building of new country houses that are of ‘exceptional quality or innovative design’.

2 Oct 2012
Abbots Way, Abbots Way Fountains Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire, south east England
Architect: Andy Ramus – AR Design Studio
Hampshire House - English homes
photo : Martin Gardner, spacialimages.com
Abbots Way House
This latest creation by AR Design Studio, is a stunning five bedroom house. Bordered by mature trees and a small lake, this spectacular house creates feelings of ultimate relaxation and privacy, whilst its contemporary design juxtaposes superbly with its beautifully rural location, on the south coast of England.

23 Aug 2012
Hurst House, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire
Design: John Pardey Architects in collaboration with Ström Architects
Buckinghamshire Home
photo : Andy Matthews
Buckinghamshire Property
The Hurst House is a new build one-off contemporary house located on the edge of the village of Bourne End. The clients’ brief was to build a very sustainable and contemporary family home that would have the flexibility to successfully cope with changing family conditions as their children grow up and leave the nest.

19 Jul 2012
Country House, Easton, Suffolk, south east England
Design: Jerry Tate Architects
Country House in Suffolk - English homes
image from Jerry Tate Architects
Country House in Suffolk
Jerry Tate Architects has received planning for a 500m2 country house on a greenfield site in Easton, Suffolk. The contemporary design integrates the building and landscape in both form and function.

29 Jun 2012
Easton Neston Estate, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, central England
Ptolemy Dean Architects
Easton Neston - English homes
photograph from RIBA
Easton Neston Estate
Easton Neston is one of the finest country houses in England, designed by Hawksmoor with an adjacent wing by Wren. Unsympathetic additions and a fire in 2002 meant there was much for the new owners and their architects to address.

26 Jun 2012
North House, Bowden, Lancashire
Design: Roger Stephenson Architects
North House Bowden - English homes
photo : Daniel Hopkinson
House in Lancashire
North House is a substantial detached family home in a street of impressive Victorian villas and is an example of how an uncompromisingly contemporary house can sit comfortably and calmly in a conservation area and its existence is due to a sympathetic planning officer who recognized on appeal the sensitivity of the composition.

28 May 2012
Dovecote Barn, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
Nicolas Tye Architects
Dovecote Barn - English homes
photograph : Nerida Howard
Hertfordshire House Extension
Dovecote Barn is a contemporary rear extension project to a recently converted barn in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. Our clients proposed to build a rear extension to the barn in order to create more practical living space for the family, by creating some depth to the long and narrow footprint of the existing barn.

3 May 2012
Beechwood – Contemporary Oxfordshire House
Spratley Studios
New Oxfordshire House - English homes
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Oxfordshire House
South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of granting an exceptional planning permission to an innovative and highly sustainable landmark dwelling designed by Spratley Studios for a sensitive rural location on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

2 Apr 2012
North Point House, St John Jersey
MJP Architects
Jersey House
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North Point House Jersey
This MJP designed one-off house, on a rocky promontory in Jersey, has recently obtained a Planning Permit. The site has now been cleared ready for construction. The house is entered on a cross axis and creates a double height hallway in the centre.

English Homes – Recent Property Designs

English Homes in 2011

13 Dec 2011
Residence near Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Strom Architects
Suffolk House - English homes
render : Peter Guthrie
House in Suffolk
The clients’ brief is for a country house – ‘a dream in a wood’, a peaceful place to relax, regenerate, and think of new ideas. The existing site with the pool, its ruins and low walls has a very strong presence, and we wanted to keep this as an important part of the site.

18 Nov 2011
Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Kent
Ewan Cameron Architects
Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion - English homes
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Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion
The brief was to design a guest pavilion comprising 2 bedroom suites that would sit adjacent to an Italianate orangery from 1860, on the grounds of Capel Manor House, an iconic modernist pavilion designed by Michael Manser in the late 1960s.

26 Jul 2011
Oxfordshire Country House, central England
English Country House
picture from ADAM Architecture
English Country House
“Progressive classical house” design by ADAM Architecture to replace “modernist scheme” in central England

19 May 2011
Watson House, New Forest National Park, Hampshire
John Pardey Architects
Watson House
photo © James Morris
New Forest House

Balancing Barn, Suffolk
Balancing Barn
photo : Edmund Sumner
Balancing Barn

Meat Factory (private house), Nottingham
Marsh & Grochowski
Meat Factory Nottingham
image : Hannah Marsh
Meat Factory

Bavent House, Reydon
Hudson Architects
Bavent House
photo © James Brittain
Bavent House, Reydon

Epsom House, Surrey
Eldridge Smerin
Epsom House
photo © Lyndon Douglas
Epsom House

Hampstead Lane, London
Duggan Morris Architects
Hampstead Lane house
photograph © James Brittain
Hampstead Lane

Hoxton House, London
David Mikhail
Hoxton House
photograph © Tim Crocker
Hoxton House

New Mission Hall, West Sussex
Adam Richards Architects
New Mission Hall
photo © Adam Richards
New Mission Hall

The Shingle House, Kent, England
The Shingle House
photo Courtesy of Living Architecture
The Shingle House

Strange House, London
Hugh Strange Architect
Strange House
photograph © David Grandorge
Strange House

Shadow House, London
Liddicoat and Goldhill
Shadow House
photograph © Keith Collie
Shadow House

Unless stated please assume the following to be private houses and respect the privacy of the owners & inhabitants

Underhill House, Cotswolds, west England
Seymour-Smith Architects
Hill Barn Cotswolds
image from architect
Underhill House

Contemporary English Houses

All Saints House, Petersham, Richmond, Surrey, southern England
Stephen Ibbotson Architects

Baggy House – private, north Devon
Hudson Architects
RFAC Building of the Year 1995

Black House, Kingdon Avenue, Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
Mole Architects
Black House England
photo : John Donat
Black House

Cavendish Avenue house, south Cambridge, southeast England
Mole Architects
Cavendish Avenue house
photograph : David Butler
Cavendish Avenue house

Cedar house, North Elham, Norfolk
Hudson Architects

Creek Vean House and Retreat, Feock, Cornwall, southwest England
Team 4 (Rogers / Fosters)

Daniels House, Surrey
Panter Hudspith Architects

Dungeness Beach House, Kent
Simon Conder Associates
Black Rubber Beach House
photo © Stephen Ambrose 07866 602627
Black Rubber Beach House

Eagle Rock House, Uckfield, East Sussex
Ian Ritchie Architects
East Sussex house
photo © Jocelyne Van den Bossche
Contemporary English house

Eco-House, Whichelo Place, Hanover, Brighton, East Sussex
drp architects
Sussex eco house
picture © Richard Rowland
Sussex eco-house

El Ray, Kent, southeast England
Simon Conder Associates
El Ray
photo © Paul Smoothy
El Ray : Stephen Lawrence Prize winner 2009

Esher House, Surrey
Wilkinson King Architects

Hampshire Mill Conversion
Dan Brill Architects
Hampshire Mill building
photo : Andrew Putler
Hampshire Mill Building

Hampshire Poolhouse, Hampshire
Dan Brill Architects
Hampshire Poolhouse
photo : Matt Loughran
Hampshire Poolhouse

Holme Wood house, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, southeast England
Hamiltons Architects
1,500 sqm: on site

House, Oxfordshire
David Chipperfield Architects
Oxfordshire House
picture from architects
Oxfordshire House

The Lodge, Whithurst Park, Kirdford, West Sussex
James Gorst Architects Ltd

The Love Shack, Windermere, Cumbria
Sutherland Hussey Architects
Windermere house
image : Karen Guthrie
Lake District house

Lower Mill Estate: Architecture Competition, Oxfordshire
Building by Sutherland Hussey Architects
Lower Mill Estate houses
picture from architects
Lower Mill Estate houses

New house – private, Devon

Simon Conder Associates
Devon house architect – Simon Conder

Peasmarsh House, East Sussex
Hut Architecture
Sussex house
picture from architects
Sussex house

Pinions Barn, Higham Cross, Buckinghamshire
Simon Conder Associates
Wood Awards 2005 + RIBA Awards 2006 – South

Poplar Cottage, Walberswick, Suffolk, southeast England
Dow Jones Architects
Suffolk house
picture from architects
Suffolk Home

The Salt House
Alison Brooks Architects
English house
photo : Cristobal Palma
Salt House

The Schaefer House, Cheshire
MBLA Architects + Urbanists
Schaefer House
image from architect
Schaefer House

Historic English Houses

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, nr Exeter, Devon, southwest England
Edwin Lutyens
National Trust property
Edwin Lutyens

Goddards, Abinger Common, Surrey
Edwin Lutyens
extended by Lutyens in 1910; Garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll

The Grange (house), Ramsgate, Kent, southeast England

AWN Pugin

Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, southeast England
elements by Edwin Lutyens
2006 restortion by Donald Insall Associates Ltd

Munstead Wood, 2km southeast of Godalming, near London
Edwin Lutyens
An important building as built by Lutyens for long-term collaborator Gertrude Jekyll

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
John Vanbrugh
Seaton Delaval Hall
photograph : Scenic Photos
Seaton Delaval Hall

Stowe House – restoration, Buckinghamshire
Purcell Miller Tritton
Stowe House
image from architect
Stowe House

Modern English Houses

The Circles, Long Ditton, Surrey
Wells Coates
2006 – refurbishment John Winter Architect
Surrey house – Wells Coates

High Cross House, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon
W. E. Lescaze
1994- renovation by John Winter and Associates
Modern house – simple white forms

High & Over, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Amyas Connell
Modernist house

High & Over – restoration, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
John Winter

Homewood House, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey
Patrick Gwynne Architect
Open to public: this Modern Surrey house owned by National Trust

House at Little Frieth, nr high Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Colin Lucas

Wood House, Shipbourne, Kent

Walter Gropius

More English Homes welcome

Zero-carbon home, BRE site, Watford, southeast England
Sheppard Robson with Arup
English sustainable house
image from architect
English sustainable house

New Neoclassical house
Robert Adam Architects
Hampshire house
image from architect
Georgian house

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