A self-build house in the countryside near Oxford, completed 2014.

The budget was tight so the house is really simple: a clean cuboid form with no frills, assembled from a flat pack of structural insulated timber panels.

The drama is focused in three areas which give the house its lift: the cantilever at the front so the house hangs out, the huge opening onto the garden (which did require a big steel in the timber frame) and the delicate folded plate stair whose lightness adds finesse to the open plan interior.

This house shows how a challenging budget can be turned into an opportunity: the necessary simplicity makes for purity and clarity.

RIBA South Award 2016 and RIBA South Sustainability Award 2016,
Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015,
THE BEST HOUSE IN THE UK up to 2,500 sq.ft.

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