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Location: West Dorset

Project type: Residential, Replacement Dwelling

Status: Nearing completion

​Team: Theo Green Designs Ltd (Architect) 



Bracken House

This project is a replacement dwelling near Charmouth with west facing views over rolling hills towards the sea. It is currently under construction. 

Theo Green Designs were engaged by the clients in early 2015 to design a modest and highly sustainable replacement house. The fabric of the existing building was in a poor condition and not suitable for renovation or conversion therefore replacing the dwelling was the best solution. The site is in an elevated position just in land from the west Dorset Jurassic coast and faces west with views over the rolling hills down to the sea.

​The brief was to design a modest and energy efficient new home that would take advantage of the sea views from the site and the south-west facing aspect. It was also very important to the clients that the building was appropriate for its rural setting and sits comfortably on the site. The building was designed to work with the site topography and makes use of the space below the house.  

The house is traditional in its form and character with a simple palette of materials that reflect the sustainable credentials and ethos of the building as being appropriate to its rural and exposed location. Flint is used for the ‘plinth’ to anchor the house into its sloping site and natural slate will be used for the roof and car port/porch roof. Larch cladding is used for the main elevations of the house which will weather to a soft grey. Passive heat gains from south facing windows will also help this building to have extremely low energy requirements.