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Water Gates

Private House


The foundations of a previously unbuilt house provided the justification for the new house within a green belt setting. A sloping site on clay presented a challenge.


Using the slope, you arrive on the first floor to an open plan mono pitched oak frame house with panoramic views across the valley. A simple form maximises the accommodation on a tight budget and creates a striking contemporary house.


High levels of insulation and a condensing boilder, combined with the wooden construction make for a very green building with a low embodied carbon footprint. Solar thermal panels further add to reduced running costs.

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Designed by Ben Smith, Chris Ball
Built by P J Harrington