Dairy Farm Lodge (New Build)
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Finalist at the Grand Designs Awards 2009 in Best New Build category.
When we saw the location of this property we realised that this project had the potential to be special. The existing property was a brown brick and tile council built bungalow, situated in an elevated position with 180 degree views of the surrounding countryside.
The bungalow had no more than 2 small windows facing one the best views in Dorset. It was the view and the site's rural setting that drove the design solution.Dairy farm lodge can be described as a modern house, built using traditional materials, with an agricultural feel. The overall proportions are similar to a barn. It's predominantly clad in cedar, with large areas of glass. The zinc roof completes a natural palette that anchors the building into its setting. As you approach the house you are presented with a timber clad building with modest window openings. There is a solid front door with a large two storey glazed section that feeds light into an entrance with a vaulted roof that stretches the full height of the building.
Walking through the house towards the rear, large expanses of glass open up the house onto a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. The main living spaces open onto raised timber decking and a paved courtyard with the use of folding sliding doors. The master bedroom has a two storey vaulted ceiling, with a mezzanine study that enjoy an aspect through a glazed wall that also opens onto a large terrace looking down onto the paved courtyard below. The aspect has been cleverly designed to maximise the distant views, but also create a sense of privacy and enclosure. The vaulted roof continues to project out over the balcony and is supported on large galvanised steel posts to provide shelter from wind and rain.
The end result is stunning, and the property has been publicised in a number of national publications. It has been featured as a cover story in a leading self build magazine, and was nominated amongst the top 60 new build properties in the Grand Designs Live Awards 2009. Click here to view the feature in Build It Magazine