New Build Contemporary House, Guildford
Lytle Associates Architects

This new build contemporary private dwelling on the outskirts of Guildford Town Centre is located on an exclusive road lined with high value properties and enjoys unrestricted views out over the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An original 1960s bungalow sat on the proposed site with brick facades and a low-pitch roof. The brief was to replace the existing property with a new, highly sustainable dwelling, significantly increasing the internal floor area whilst utilising the existing footprint. The ground floor is submerged into the slope of the land and is only visible from the south elevation. A 'butterfly' zinc roof floats over the first floor via a glazed ribbon at a high level. The south elevation allows ground and first floor view out into the valley, through which the large feature aluminium windows have thin sight lines that make use of the solar gain in the winter, summer and autumn. The ground floor is clad in facing bricks whilst the first floor is clad in Western Red Cedar, giving a lighter appearance. Existing vehicular access was retained, leading to a new integrated garage and a new rear stepped patio set around a small lap pool providing for a descent into the rear garden with large Beech trees that were retained.