On the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, our clients moved into the UK’s first amphibious house. Passing its float tests during construction and post occupancy this climate adaptive house delivers robustness against future flood events as well as space, delight and expansive riverside views.
Nestled in the beautiful Oxfordshire landscape is a beautifully crafted timber home elevated above the flood level of an adjacent brook. At Water Lane, intelligent space planning has yielded some lofty spaces for a building which planning required to appear compact from the outside. And finally is a real gem, The Stone House in Devon. Set in the beautiful Devonshire countryside overlooking Dartmoor, the new stone house will unify a disparate collection of old farm buildings. A new glazed bridge links the historic granary building to the house and an open walkway connects the house to a hidden garden on the roof of the existing garage.
A big thank you to all our existing and new clients and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
Nearing Completion is the Orchard, a 4-bed executive home with a wonderful vaulted ceiling in Weybridge. In Durham, an expansive villa is taking shape, about to receive a 4-storey horseshoe staircase that threads through a generous hallway linking all floors to a sunken garden.
The White House, a well-mannered modernist building with an in internal glazed link and generous gallery has started on site in Claygate. And we are very pleased to break ground in Putney for a very special family, which have returned to us for their second home. This new home set over 4 floors will present a contextual brick facade to the street, whilst the rear is more modern and glassy where it opens onto a sculptural garden.
2015 has yielded some exciting projects for the practice. An innovative flood-resistant 5-bedroom house on a private Island in Henley upon Thames secured planning permission in spring. In Salcombe, we received planning permission for a second generation of amphibious house design.
Our proposals for affordable floating homes utilising London’s underused waterways won the NLA’s New Ideas for Housing and led to a think tank meeting with London City Hall’s housing team – The first prototype 2 bed unit will commence construction in Spring 2016. We have also ventured into multiple units and have secured planning permission for 2 live-work, 2 maisonettes, 3 houses and 2 flats at “Beadnell Mews” in south London.
In the pipeline are two new paragraph 55 houses, one with sea views, and the other on the ridge of a woodland clearing with views over the River Trent.
We have updated our bacahomes website for 2016 with all the latest exciting projects we have been working on over the last 18 months, as well as adding a few new additions.
The new site leads you simply through some of our best projects, gives you an insight into our working methodology, presents our team and has a downloadable section including ‘planning pitfalls’, sustainability and our sketchbook, amongst others.
We’ve also added some video footage of the interior from Water Lane in Oxfordshire with more to come from other projects in the New Year. We hope you like it.