Having demolished their previous home to make way for a new dream family house, the client was keen for the Modern Detached home to be built quickly. The context is unashamedly suburban. Set between the poor examples of 1960s architecture, there are more attractive Arts and Crafts homes nearby. This millieu required a tempered approach that married the client’s desire for an uncompromisingly contemporary design with the restrictions of local planning sensibilities.

We drew inspiration from the Arts and Crafts houses nearby.  By studying their complex symmetries, materials and mass, we secured planning permission without compromising the client’s vision, delivering a house that was considerably larger than what had preceded it.

Inside, large areas of glazing and windows keep the spaces light and airy. The central staircase is a play of light and shadows. Outside, a palette of serrated brick details, black charred timber and bronze bring a warmth and luxury, creating a stylish, contextually responsive new house.

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Project credits


  • Project Director: Lee Marsden
  • Architect: Ben Edgley
  • Architect: Uli Kraeling
  • Associate: Michael Henriksen
  • Architectural Assistant: Andrea Ruffilli
  • Architectural Assistant: Selena Dong


  • Structural: Morph Structures
  • Building Control: Head Projects
  • QS: Stockdale UK

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