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Canal Side House

Northchurch, UK

The design concept takes its cue from traditional boat house and barn architecture utilising a simple timber clad shed form as the major massing element. Each gable end features a recessed façade framed by the roof and flank walls wrapping around. The orientation frames views to the canal and the spire of St. Mary’s Church opposite whilst providing seclusion from the adjacent highway and neighbouring properties.

The mass and pitched form of the proposals, with the second storey nestled partially within the roof eaves, creates a ‘bookend’ to South Bank Road providing an appropriate degree of presence without being too overbearing. A low adjoining garage accessed from the existing driveway on New Road completes the composition and additional off-street parking is provided at the rear of the property adjacent to South Bank Road.

Designcubed rose to the challenge and, working closely with us, proposed a design that was perfect for our needs. Our new home not only provides a beautiful bookend to Southbank Road with beautiful views over the canal it is also bigger than the one we demolished, with extra parking, and a bigger garden to boot – quite some feat! Fred Ferrier

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