Windmill Hill


New lifetime home, Saffron Walden, Essex

A low carbon, five-bedroom family home on a 0.25 Hectare (0.62 Acre) plot in North Essex sited on a new plot beside the parents’ home, originally built by the grandparents in 1956.

Imagined and drawn as an outbuilding on an historical estate, a kind of barn structure in what were once the grounds of a mansion, the new house is arranged to support the utility of its working life as a growing family home and is placed in the lie of the land, remaking the close and distant structures of the original estate.

It’s orientated to benefit from the sun and the best views of the garden, made from suitable materials that last, traditional and new.

Both northern and southern boundaries are timber post & rail fenced and planted with an Essex hedgerow mix. Reaching up to 2m high, these hedgerows encourage diverse wildlife as well as producing colour, scents and berries for much of the year.

Service: Architects with Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex. UK

Client: Joanna & Duncan Gilmour 

Cost: Undisclosed

Areas: GIFA 276 m2

Dates: Completion 2019

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