Elm Close, Dullingham



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This is a 4-bedroom family dwelling with integral double garages intended to provide an impeccably detailed traditional house that is designed internally for modern living. The siting of the building addresses the entrance approach, and landscaping has been introduced which will emphasize this and create an impressive, yet modest, reveal at the end of the private driveway which is shared with The Old Arboretum. The house is given a defined frontage with simple estate fencing and a gate with hedging set behind a driveway within this boundary which then provides a space for visitor vehicle parking and turning. Two integral garage spaces are then provided, with internal access into the house. The building itself provides a separation between public and private spaces, with the rear of the house opening up towards views of the paddocks. Existing trees on, and surrounding the site, have been carefully considered, with the footprint of the building having been kept outside any root protection zones. The house takes on a Georgian style, as this is a precedent on Elm Close, and takes the form of a simple square villa with a garage block to the east and a small orangery to the west. Proportions have been considered carefully, along with a hierarchy of opening sizes. Details such as the restraint of ornamentation and dark painted joinery are a reference to the style of the admirable Georgian architect John Soane. High quality traditional materials are proposed which, paired with careful period detailing, will enclose a modern thermal envelope that provides an energy efficient home.