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English Residential Architecture – latest home additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Black House in Kent, South East England
Architect: AR Design Studio
Black House Kent contemporary property
image courtesy of architects

Black House in Kent
Black House is a contemporary property drawing its influences from both the historic and modern buildings of Kent. A retired engineer and Conran interior designer chose to move from a 15th century Tudor house and build a contemporary dream home in their garden.

12 May 2017
Pivot House, Reymerston, Norfolk, South East England
Design: Studio Bark, Architects
Paragraph 55 House in Norfolk
image courtesy of architects

Paragraph 55 Home in England
Full planning approval for an innovative, off-grid Paragraph 55 home in Norfolk. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 55 allows individual countryside homes to be built, provided that they reflect the highest standards of architecture, sustainability and innovation.

21 Sep 2016
Modern Mansion near London, southern England
Design: Maciej Grelewicz Architects
Modern Mansion near London
image from architect

First Prize in an international ‘Design a Beautiful House’ competition for luxurious home near London.

Woodpeckers, New Forest, Hampshire, southern England – 20 Sep 2016
Design: Strom Architects
House in the New Forest
photo : Luke Hayes

Two-storey replacement for a 1930s bungalow property.

Integer House BRE Watford, south east England – 16 Nov 2013
The Smart Home at the Building Research Establishment Innovation Park
Integer House
photo from Polysolar
Hamish Watson, founder of Polysolar, looks at how the refurbishment of the Integer Millennium House in Watford, first constructed in 1998 and showcased on BBC’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’, has used its innovative transparent photovoltaic glass to prevent excessive thermal gain to the building, while also generating renewable energy.

The Medic’s House, Winchester, Hampshire, southern England – 11 Oct 2013
Architects: AR Design Studio
The Medic's House Winchester
photograph : Martin Gardner, www.spacialimages.com

Upon the arrival of their new baby daughter, the need for additional family space meant that the client’s existing 1950s three bed house desperately needed extending. The brief called for two additional bedrooms upstairs and a large open-plan family space with light, views and access to the beautiful garden at ground floor.

Downley House, Petersfield, East Hampshire, southern England – 5 Sep 2013
Design: Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects
Downley House Petersfield
photo : Nick Kane

This large private house is a tour de force in a technicolour architectural style that derives from that of James Stirling, from whose practice these architects emerged. This means that it is an assemblage of strong primary forms, mostly cylinders and cubes. The entire structure, including the curved elements, is of cross-laminated timber.

Rockmount Residence, Wirral, north west England – 5 Sep 2013
Design: ShedKM
Rockmount Residence Wirral
photo from architect

The site is an extraordinary elevated mound with views towards the setting sun across the River Dee to the North Wales coast. Shed KM’s ingenious response is a new take on a classic modern linear house plan.

Folding House, on the River Avon, southern England – 5 Sep 2013
Design: AR Design Studio
Folding House
image : AR Design Studio

Hampshire based modern architects, AR Design Studio have designed a highly contemporary dream home for a retired client and his son. Showcasing stunning river views from all three levels, the folding design incorporates a blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces that extend out into the landscape and beyond. Inspired by the site context and defining character, the intention is to minimise the impact on the location and surrounding scenery by embedding the structure in its setting. The house takes on an extension of the undulating landscape, creating a folding mass that is then occupied by a habitable form.

House in the New Forest, Hampshire, southeast England – 20 Aug 2013
Design: PAD Studio, Architects
New Forest House
photo : Nigel Rigden
The ‘New Forest House’ is set within a stunning 18.5 acre plot, located adjacent to ancient woodland and heath, in the New Forest National Park. The new building has been carefully conceived in order that the proposals minimise the impact on the site and its sensitive surroundings.

Staithe End, Dorset, south west England – 31 Jul 2013
Design: Henry Goss Architects
Staithe End Residence Dorset
photo from architect

This four bed private house on the banks of Christchurch Harbour represents a real coup and a major precedent for high quality contemporary architecture in the most sensitive of historic environments.

Fortescue Fields, Norton St Philip, Somerset, south west England
Design: ADAM Architecture
Norton St Philip Houses
image : ADAM Architecture
Norton St Philip Houses – 11 Jun 2013
The new neighbourhood extends one of the most attractive and desirable villages in the South West. Each of the 55 houses is different. The first phase includes houses and apartments plus other buildings. Later phases will include retirement homes and apartments.

Glass House, Hampshire, southern England
Design: AR Design Studio
Glass House England
photo : Martin Gardner

Glass House England – 15 May 2013
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.

Shadow House, Wiltshire, southern England
Design: Jonathan Tuckey Design
Shadow House Wiltshire
photo : James Brittain

Shadow House – 9 May 2013
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.

Thompson House, Isle of Wight, southern England
The Manser Practice
Thompson House Isle of Wight
photo : Jonathan Manser

Thompson House – 20 Jan 2013
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.

The Welch House, Isle of Wight, southern England
The Manser Practice
The Welch House
photo : Jonathan Manser

The Welch House – added 17 Jan 2013
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.

Boxwood, near Rye, East Sussex, south east England
Walker Bushe Architects
Booxwood England
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.

Orchard House, Wiltshire, south west England
Studio Octopi
Orchard House Wiltshire
image from architect

Orchard House – 28 Nov 2012
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.

Country House in Hampshire
ADAM Architecture
Country Property in Hampshire
image : ADAM Architecture

Country House in Hampshire – 16 Nov 2012
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’.

Abbots Way, Abbots Way Fountains Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire, south east England
Architect: Andy Ramus – AR Design Studio
Hampshire House
photo : Martin Gardner, spacialimages.com

Abbots Way House – 2 Oct 2012
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.

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. This lead to a house where they can live in one extended space while family bedrooms can be shut down and left on tick-over.

Country House, Easton, Suffolk, south east England
Design: Jerry Tate Architects
Country House in Suffolk
image from Jerry Tate Architects

Country House in Suffolk – 19 Jul 2012
Jerry Tate Architects has received planning [1] 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. The form of the house is inspired by the shape and structure of a sycamore seed, and the building links physically with the proposed parkland to achieve a co-dependent self-sufficiency in terms of energy, water and food. This functionality is a traditional part of county house design, reinterpreted for 21st Century requirements.

Easton Neston Estate, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, central England
Ptolemy Dean Architects
Easton Neston
photograph from RIBA

Easton Neston Estate – 29 Jun 2012
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.

North House, Bowden, Lancashire
Design: Roger Stephenson Architects
North House Bowden
photo : Daniel Hopkinson

House in Lancashire – 26 Jun 2012
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.

Dovecote Barn, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
Nicolas Tye Architects
Dovecote Barn
photograph : Nerida Howard

Hertfordshire House Extension – 28 May 2012
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.

Beechwood – Contemporary Oxfordshire House
Spratley Studios
New Oxfordshire House
picture from architects

Oxfordshire House – 3 May 2012
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).

English House – Recent Designs

North Point House, St John Jersey
MJP Architects
Jersey House
picture from architects

North Point House Jersey – 2 Apr 2012
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. MJP Architects say: “This extraordinary site, wild and windswept, falls precipitously towards the rocky coastline. The house at Wolf’s Caves invites a particular kind of architectural response”.
The house is entered on a cross axis and creates a double height hallway in the centre. The internal circulation is a sequence of staircases over which a continuous rooflight will give a sense of an internal landscape following the topography of the escarpment outside.

Residence near Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Strom Architects
Suffolk House
render : Peter Guthrie

House in Suffolk – 13 Dec 2011
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.

Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Kent
Ewan Cameron Architects
Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion
image from architects

Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion – 18 Nov 2011
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.

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

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

Hampshire House – 19 May 2011

Balancing Barn, Suffolk
MVDRV
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
NORD
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

English House – Recent Design

Underhill House, Cotswolds, west England
2010
Seymour-Smith Architects
Hill Barn Cotswolds
image from architect

Underhill House

Contemporary English Houses

All Saints House, Petersham, Richmond, Surrey, southern England
2006
Stephen Ibbotson Architects

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

Black House, Kingdon Avenue, Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
2003
Mole Architects
Black House England
photo : John Donat

Black House

Cavendish Avenue house, south Cambridge, southeast England
2009
Mole Architects
Cavendish Avenue house
photograph : David Butler

Cavendish Avenue house

Cedar house, North Elham, Norfolk
2005
Hudson Architects

Creek Vean House and Retreat, Feock, Cornwall, southwest England
1966
Team 4 (Rogers / Fosters)

Daniels House, Surrey
1993
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
2006
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
2002-05
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
2003
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
2005
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

English 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
1910-30
Edwin Lutyens
National Trust property
Devon house – Lutyens

Goddards, Abinger Common, Surrey
1898-1900
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
1896
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
1930s
Wells Coates
2006 – refurbishment John Winter Architect
Surrey house – Wells Coates

High Cross House, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon
1930s
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
1994
John Winter

Homewood House, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey
1938-39
Patrick Gwynne Architect
Open to public: this Modern Surrey house owned by National Trust

House at Little Frieth, nr high Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
1934
Colin Lucas

Wood House, Shipbourne, Kent

Walter Gropius

More English Houses 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

Hampshire house


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