CEA Architects are happy to present a completed new-build house project at Meechlands Farm, located in the heart of the Kent countryside near Hever Castle.

The beautiful setting brought with it complications as the design had to be rigorously refined to meet both the client brief, but also to satisfy the Planning Authority as the site is set within an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

The client had previously converted an existing stable block into temporary family accommodation, to allow an existing farm house to be demolished, thus paving the way for the new dwelling.  The tranquil farm setting, the wishes of the client informed the project brief, and the hard work of all members of the project team have produce a high standard traditional looking farm house home for the client’s family.

The completed £2.5 million dwelling has a ground floor area of 170 sq.m. The design includes a large basement which reflects 80% of the ground floor area and includes a large utility and food prep. area, guest bathroom, study, large pool / TV room and wine cellar.

The ground floor includes several snug spaces, living room, boot room and large kitchen which leads into a garden room with full height glazing, sliding doors and fire pit for entertaining guests late into the summer sun, whilst offering views out across the rolling English countryside.

The entrance to the house provides a real sense of ‘arrival’ with a double height entrance lobby and feature lighting hung from the central oak ridge beam.  A bespoke oak staircase with integral lighting provides an impressive aesthetic and leads one down to the basement, or up to the four bedrooms which are split across the first and second floors of the dwelling.

The success of the project required trust from the client, expertise from the contractor and the various consultants, and from CEA Architects came the ability to manage the building contract, coordinate all of the project team members and lead the project through to completion.

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