Creating a stunning architectural showpiece wasn’t what the owners of this spectacular property originally had in mind when searching for a new home back in 2008. But after looking at many other houses they fell in love with this rural home. The owners were avid viewers of the UK TV programme Grand Designs, so they contacted one of the featured architects. They asked his practice to submit plans for a spacious, contemporary family home. Taking just over three years from start to finish, the finished house is everything they could have hoped for and family life centres around the Poggenpohl kitchen. A long and imposing island unit equipped with sinks, storage cupboard and
hob faces out towards the courtyard that is accessible via the large glass sliding doors. Because every exterior wall of the house is glass from floor to ceiling, the owners also specified a central ‘wall’ running parallel with the island unit that contains four ovens, fridge, freezer, wine cooler and cabinets. Plans for the kitchen, prepared by the Poggenpohl studio in St Albans, progressed in tandem with construction. Colours and materials were chosen to harmonise with the rest of the space. The exterior of the building is glass and copper, with dark grey flashings, so the owners decided to keep the interior neutral to blend with the outside.