River House, Itchenor, Hampshire
Having lived in the area for a number of years, our clients took the opportunity to purchase a site overlooking the entrance to Chichester Harbour. The brief was for a large family house with generous room sizes and, in particular, to maximise the views overlooking the Harbour and Ichenor Reach. The architectural style of the property uses a combination of brick and timber cladding, and makes use of the flint vernacular of the area. A large overhanging timber roof completes the composition.
The relatively long spans and wide window openings meant that a conventional timber and masonry house would not have worked well, requiring deep floor zones. Instead, after careful study, we have developed a scheme that has a primary steel frame structure supporting timber floors, and laterally braced by the masonry external walls. This system allows the floor structural depths to be minimised, yet still allowing services to be integrated into the structural zone in a traditional way.
Architect Yeates Design
Photographs Keith Collie