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Baufritz's vision is to build homes that combine an unrivalled level of comfort and luxury with an abundance of natural materials. Every Baufritz home is different as each one is individually designed through collaboration with the client.

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Baufritz Grand Designs April 2019 Advertorial Chrichton House Front White Timber Driveway

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What sold the idea of a Baufritz home to the Crichton family was not only its sustainability and eco-credentials, but also the uncompromising approach to detail. The home is a marriage of modern methods of construction and traditional carpentry techniques.

Baufritz Grand Designs April 2019 Advertorial Chricton House Garden View Timber White Grass Green

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The bold design for Nick and Charlotte Crichton, in an area characterised by large period homes set in generous gardens, was bound to create some controversy. They wanted a home that was uncompromisingly contemporary; a home which exploited the views of the beautiful site to the maximum. By mixing the white, organic mineral plaster façade and natural wood panelling, the house fits perfectly into its surroundings.

Baufritz Grand Designs April 2019 Advertorial Chricton House Back View White Timber Garden 

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A bungalow that was getting on in years occupied the site. It was demolished and replaced by a new building influenced by the Bauhaus architectural movement. As the site is in the green belt there were strict regulations on any replacement dwelling. The existing house and adjacent garages set the rules for where the new house could be placed, but that is where the similarity ended.

On the eastern facade is a sculptural element, along with the corner window to the dining room and the projecting balcony to the main bedroom. Close scrutiny of the larch cladding and render arrangement is also warranted - by having both vertical and horizontal divisions of these materials, the various elements of facade or divisions of the home internally are gently suggested.

Baufritz Grand Designs April 2019 Advertorial Chrichton House Side View Timber White Angles Home

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The entrance to House Crichton is on the north. As you enter through generous wooden doors, you are immediately struck by the views beyond and you have arrived at the heart of the home. Dining, cooking and living elements all flow seamlessly, a Bauhaus principle. Steps, parquet and stone flooring are used to create a logical differentiation of functional areas. Wonderful floor to ceiling windows are finished in a subtle gray frame, and flood the space with light.

Baufritz Grand Designs April 2019 Advertorial Chricton House Stairs Interior View Window Wood grey white

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The more private study and sleeping areas are placed either to the eastern side or on the first floor creating individual privacy for the family. The House Designer has clearly considered all aspects of the site whilst carefully answering a demanding client brief. The house is carefully planned to maximise solar gain in winter and natural daylight through the year. The eastern views ensure morning light penetrates deep into the home, whilst large windows facing south and west ensure the house feels light, airy and healthy all year round. Access to the proposed outdoor pool is from the west facing, sunken living and play areas, whilst the raised kitchen and entrance lobby form the heart of the home.

For more information, visit our website, call 01223 235 632 or email us!

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