We now have most of our new 2012 photographs sets - most were taken whilst the sun shone and the results are really lovely. I thought I would share some with you over the next few weeks.
Starting with this great manor house, just completed and beautifully finished by the owners who took on a lot of the construction work themselves.
Border Oak designed the house - based on a classic double wing and two storey porch layout roughly arranged in an 'H' layout.
One wing is a blend of brick with oak frame above - the jetties really create interest and detail
Internally the finish is very light and follows a neutral palette with touches of glamour such as this huge crystal light which makes use of the vaulted ceiling and volume.
The exposed oak frame is a consistent internal feature but doesn't overwhelm the 'look' the owners have created. I think this is in part due to the palette of natural, muted tones and textures and the limited spectrum of colours.
The view through the lobby from the front door towards the open tread stair and full length projecting window
The kitchen has exposed ceiling joists but masonry walls - to ensure that the oak frame isn't hidden by the units.
At the other end of the kitchen is an informal dining space with a large window.
The sitting room is an elegant but comfortable room with an exposed brick feature inglenook. I love the way the room is naturally bright and light but yet still cosy and atmospheric.
I also like the lack of door - so you can see into the vast hall. This helps share light and the feeling of space. The continuity of colours and floor coverings and textures really works when you open the flow of a house this large.
The hall is absolutely huge! great for parties, christmas and community meetings! The long window brings in so much light - no artificial lights were used for these photos at all.
Another angle of the sitting room - I wanted to show you the projecting window bay (to the right hand side) The windows are bronze casements with leaded glass.
So, all in all a very lovely, light and special family home with a great mix of smart contemporary country styling. I am using some of these fab images in the new (well, reprinted) Border Oak brochure and hope to add this house as a case study on the website very shortly.
coming soon - a pair of cottages side by side.