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R House

A recent RIBA survey stated that one in four people do not wish to purchase a home built in the last 10 years, citing small space standards and low ceilings as the main reasons (A case for space RIBA Home-wise Campaign). People wanted big windows, ample storage and flexible accommodation. Continue reading

An English Standard

For inspiration, we looked at Georgian developments of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Their architectural clarity and the simplicity of their plan form have made these houses not only highly desirable places to live, but also – and in this case crucially – very flexible and adaptable, allowing a great variety of forms of living to thrive within the framework of a simple set of architectural rules. Continue reading

Raised Living

The concept is to create a home that is light, comfortable and provides all the facilities required for modern day living. The living accommodation has been lifted to first floor level to prevent damage from possible flooding, with the option of a generous double height living space at first floor level. Wall panels can be replaced for solid, 50% or fully glazed as required. The home’s 3m by 3m internal walls panels can also be removed or replaced to provide different accommodation scenarios. Continue reading

Hanging Garden House

The design has a simple built form enhanced with planted screens as a dominant architectural feature. As well as providing a powerful visual connection between the dwellings, these screens perform a practical role providing privacy, shade in summer, a source of food with espaliered fruit trees, and a physical and visual separation between intimate private and more public shared spaces. The planted screens can either be used to give amenity space to an individual house or as a design feature that will create green streets and link the basic housetypes into terraces. The house has been developed as a stand alone detached house but the basic floor plan and concept can be readily adapted to make a terrace. Continue reading


Because of the special site features and views over this unique site we have opted for an upside down house with the principal living rooms on the first floor. This works supremely well, too, in the flexibility stakes.

We have not considered three storeys because a second floor or attic conversion is less useful as one gets older, but there is generous attic storage over bedrooms and bathroom. Continue reading


Inspired by the Victorian town house, the Grow-your-own-home sits on a rectangular plot about twice as long as its 21ft width.

“The Victorian town house has been an enduring model because it has the right proportions” says Steve Newman, architecture partner at HTA Design.“Big ground floor windows let in lots of light, and it’s adaptable.” Continue reading