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Murraydown, Badgworth


The brief was to design an individual, sustainable house and to take advantage of the large garden to the rear of the client’s property in Badgworth. Planning Policy allowed development within the village boundary at that time so the clock was ticking to obtain approval before it changed.

Collier Reading designed the house, obtained planning permission and then detailed this highly efficient construction consisting of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and an oak “cruck” frame which meant that on site construction time was halved with the resultant savings in preliminary costs.

We prepared a detailed schedule of works document and negotiated with local contractor, Corkish Construction, administering a building contract on site to ensure all remained on budget and programme to produce an iconic building in this rural part of Somerset.

The house incorporates many energy saving features such as air source heat pumps, heat recovering extract systems, rainwater harvesting and photo voltanic roof cells and the internal spaces are very light and spacious.

Overall a distinctive, efficient, modern house has been created with a very traditional oak frame as a central feature.

New Dwelling by Collier Reading Architects based in Wells, Somerset.

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Once a site has been identified we can advise on the planning status and likelihood of obtaining planning permission. It is then a matter of designing your dream house and we like to have an active role in this, working closely with you to reach a suitable design.

We do not try to push our design ideas onto our clients but at the same time we are happy to provide ideas and thoughts towards ensuring that what is drawn is acceptable to you and to the planners and the subsequent approval processes. We can then recommend local suitable contractors with whom we have an on-going relationship to ensure that the build process is as painless as possible.

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