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Charles Barclay unwraps lakeside Suffolk holiday home

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Charles Barclay Architects has completed this single-storey holiday home on the Suffolk coast

Built on a former pig farm, the house sits in a large field near lake near Minsmere and has recently been shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award.

The building is formed of two conjoined ‘L’ shapes: one that contains the kitchen, dining room and master bedroom for the owner; and the other for use by guests and family.

The wings of the house, which each have a rising monopitched roof and terminate with a tall glazed end-wall, feature a raised terrace and two decked areas providing outdoor seating.

To reduce energy consumption the house was built using prefabricated SIPS panels and finished in timber boarding. The project also has south-facing glazing, a ground-source heat pump, photovolatic panels and wood burners.

Construction on the house began a year after Barclay’s entry to 2012 AJ Small Projects Award, the Bat House, was completed. The new home for a colony of sixty long-eared bats had to be provided before an existing cottage on the site could be demolished.

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