A home in the country…

How time flies! It has been really rather exciting over the last month or so, and there is lots to share so my post for this week is the splendid news that our country house project, submitted at the end of July, has received planning permission, after an eight week planning consultation period.

john mccart architect, aerial view, country house, site model

Our client appointed us to obtain permission for a replacement dwelling on a site directly adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), outside of any development zones and as a replacement for an original but seriously dilapidated farm-house. Our planning application documents included a thorough response to all of the policy statements contained in the local plan, the National Planning Policy Framework as well as the ‘Wealden Design Guid’.

john mccart architect, country house, site plan, landscape design, wealden

The images provided on this post are of the proposed dwelling and illustrate one of the key components of our design brief, that being a desire to utilise traditional methods and combine them with a modern fenestration approach so as to take advantage of the amazing views of the AONB whilst recognising the unique setting of the site.

Another component of the brief was to consider the long-term use of the dwelling by the family who have been on the land for many generations and who want to stay on the land for generations to come. We proposed an annexe to the main building, for the use of the daughter and into which our clients could move when their daughter starts her own family, at which point she would move into the main house.

john mccart architect, aerial view, country house, site model


The design is unashamedly traditional, utilising design details found on buildings in the area such as exposed rafter ends, half-hipped roofs, timber shiplap cladding and conservation roof lights and we were keen to provide design elements that whilst being rather more modern, such as the full-height glazed entrance and the large glazed gable to provide the client with uninterrupted views of the glorious countryside, would nonetheless work with the overall design.



john mccart architect, country house, site model


john mccart architect, country house, site model


My favourite design feature is the double-height, fully glazed entrance lobby with galleried stair, designed so as to ensure anyone entering the house is going to be immediately wowed by the views across the countryside.


john mccart architect, country house, site model, wealden


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