House for a Jewellery Maker in the grounds of a Grade II Listed Rectory

Client: Private
Completed: 2010

Budget: Undisclosed

"Allan Joyce Architects enabled us to exceed our expectations design wise. Time was taken to understand our wishes and our lifestyle to the extent that we had complete confidence that they would interpret our needs. The proof of the successful partnership we had with Allan Joyce Architects is in the absolute pleasure our family home gives us, even after 4 years, it still gives us a thrill to come home.

We were appointed in December 2006 to design a four bedroom house within the old orchard plot of a Grade II Listed Rectory, in the village of Congerstone. The site is in a sensitive historic setting at the heart of the village. It was therefore important that the proposals work with both the conservation requirements on the outward facing elevations, as well as the modern sensibilities of our client on the inward facing, private courtyard.

The completed building has the feeling of a secret garden, where it is not apparent that there is a modern building when first approaching the house. Upon going through the garden gate and across the contemporary bridge, which seemingly floats on the water, you enter an open plan, light and airy space. A local red brick was used on the outer elevations and white render was used on the internal elevations, creating a bright south facing courtyard.

As you enter into the centre of the house, the flowing ground floor provides a kitchen, dining and snug to one side and a music and living room to the other. The functional rooms, utility, cloaks and WC are tucked away in the northern corner of the house behind a floating feature staircase. The upstairs accommodates a master bedroom with dressing area and ensuite, three bedrooms, a bathroom and an open plan computer area, which overlooks the music room below. Our clients for the project were passionate about contemporary interior design and this house serves as a perfect foil for their collection of interesting antiquities from around the world.