Nash Baker Architects recently completed Bourne Lane, a contemporary house built with locally sourced materials in the picturesque Kent countryside. Designed for an aging couple that wanted to downsize into more modern and accessible accommodations, this low-rise home was built to be sustainable and low maintenance while being flexible enough for large family gatherings. As a modern interpretation of the Kentish barn style, Bourne Lane is wrapped in black timber cladding and topped with a green sedum roof.
Split into two barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall, the asymmetric Bourne Lane House and its position in the landscape was largely informed by the client’s desire to maximize natural light and privacy. Natural light streams through the large glazed gable walls, skylights, and windows into the interior rooms arranged to follow the path of the sun. In addition to the central connecting hall that contains the dining area, the wings are separated by function; the first wing consists of the more private sleeping quarters while the second consists of the expansive living area and guest bedroom.
Designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and Lifetime Home standards, the house proudly displays its use of locally sourced timber both inside and outside the home. The architects treated the Douglas Fir flooring and exposed cross-laminated timber ceilings with lime to lighten the warm wooden finish. The barn-like wings and central hall window frame the intimate courtyard and garden located in the back of the house.
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