"Every day we say to each other how much we love our new home, how everything just works so well, how thrilled we are with the design, interpretation and execution and how quickly we have come to see it as “home”.
We are also slowly realising that what we considered minor details, that you took care of, has made this the house what it is.
Thank you both for your infinite patience and good-humour throughout the long process as well as your professional expertise, too many people have asked us if we are still on speaking terms with our builders and architects and we can both say, honestly, that you have been the very best."
M & M
Long House, Somerset
Location: Somerton, Somerset
Contractor: J+C Symonds
Structural Engineer: Momentum
Garden Designer: James Alexander-Sinclair
Cost Consultant: Northgates
Photographer: Nick Guttridge
Area: 350 sq m
The Long House is a 350 square metre home located in the picturesque town of Somerton in Somerset. The house is built into the top of a sloping plot in an elevated position overlooking a pond, mill stream and garden designed by James Alexander Sinclair.
The house is a liberal reinterpretation of the local long house form; single room depth 6m wide and 40m long but cranked at the point of the central entrance hall and stairwell. All habitable rooms stretch out facing the garden to the South. The West wing is the social heart of the house with kitchen, dining and sitting room on the upper floor arranged in linear sequence leading to an elevated and panoramic view over the garden. The East wing contains the master bedroom suite in enfilade arranged in order of increasing privacy a snug, master bedroom, master bathroom and dressing rooms. The lower floor houses workrooms, study, guest accommodation, bootroom, cellar, pantry and the other working parts of the home.
The Long House is orientated to make maximum use of passive solar gain in Winter and protected from overheating in Summer by a system of sliding shutters. It strikes a careful design balance between traditional, local and contemporary materials: local blue lias stone walls, lime render, limewashed brick; contemporary in-situ concrete, charred timber cladding, black zinc roof, black steel windows, brushed stainless steel window linings and EPDM rubber dormer. The concrete frame of the house plays a prominent role in the interior design with exposed concrete walls and ceilings in the lower floor. NCA endeavour to use predominantly locally sourced natural materials wherever possible. Generally, materials have been left raw including in situ concrete worktops, a blackened steel and oak staircase, oak linings and stainless-steel window linings. NCA also designed all fitted furniture and fittings crafted locally in Dorset and Somerset including the bespoke limed wax oak kitchen.