Frithsden Construction

Sky House

Contemporary family home in Berkhamsted, Herts

  • Land acquisition
  • Design
  • Build

With this particular site, Frithsden Construction were involved in acquiring the land and obtaining the necessary planning permission, and then along with our architects and the client, in designing and building a large contemporary family home.

Obtaining sufficient sq. footage on the site proved difficult with the local planners, so the architect cleverly designed the house so from the roadside the impact appeared minimal, with a contiguous piled wall solution to support the main road. But from the rear garden you could see that the lower ground level had been built into the ground with reinforced concrete walls, and using glazing strategically placed for the optimum light sources into the property. Contemporary timber cladding and render was used to create a minimalistic appearance to the house.

The whole rear of the ground floor was open plan with a modern and bright kitchen and full length island, divided by the impressive concrete and glass staircase. With large living room and cosy log burner. All fully glazed from one end to the other of the house, flooding the room with natural light.

The more enclosed basement style rooms offered more privacy, ideal for a great study space, spare bedroom and en-suite shower room, with mechanical ventilation system built in, and a clever use of both spotlights and pendant lighting.

Upstairs, the master suite had bespoke built-in wardrobes and generous bathroom with flat roof glazing to the shower and recessed LED lighting, giving a great effect at night. The two other bedrooms each featured an en-suite and pocket doors, maximising the use of space.

Externally, glass balstrading was fitted along with a smart block-paved driveway and a terrace area and lawn to the rear.


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