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Lucy Marston completes 'farmhouse for the 21st century'

Inspired by the traditional Suffolk long barn, Lucy Marston has completed her new family home while taking a break from practice

Architect Lucy Marston has released these photographs of her newly-completed home in Reydon, rural Suffolk.

Designed while Marston was taking a break from practice, after leaving Burd Haward Marsten to have children, the £556,000 ‘modern farmhouse’ takes its form from a steeply pitched traditional Suffolk long house.

On the ground floor of the 417m² family home, the kitchen, playroom, reading and living rooms are laid out in a linear arrangement, connected by sliding doors to allow the rooms to be used separately or in a quasi-open plan way.

The living spaces and four bedrooms on the first floor, all have east-facing windows with views towards the sea and surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty. The master and guest suites are at either end of the house and have multi-aspect views.

The timber-framed house is clad in a single-leaf brick skin.

Project data

Start on site April 2011
Date of completion May 2012
Gross internal floor area 417m
Total cost £556,000 + £38,345 external works.
Architect Lucy Marston 
Structural engineer David Cantrill, JP Chick & Partners
Main contractor Robert Norman Construction

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