This new home is located on an elevated site with 180 degree unspoiled view of the Sperrin mountains. The surrounding countryside is formed of sporadic one off dwellings and farms off all different shapes and sizes.

With an elevated site of this nature, ridge height was always going to be contentious with Planning. The orientation of the site also proved challenging as due south was in the opposite direction to the views out. Therefore the design took form in a clachan style with an internal courtyard with views towards the sun orientation and separate views towards the Sperrin mountains.

The front block is a fairly traditional single storey element with projecting front porch. This is finished in a smooth render painted surmounted by a dual pitch roof finished with natural slate. The dwelling takes on a contemporary language as you further towards the rear. This includes a storey and a half element raised on a split level finished in localised stonework and horizontal timber cladding boards. A modern projecting chimney doubles up as an external fire pit to a comfortable south facing decking area.

The landscaping was also carefully processed to enable the solar orientation whilst trying to maximise the views on this exposed site.

The dwelling maintains a low ridge to the front with a higher ridge to the rear satisfying all planning concerns. A traditional front vs a contemporary rear successfully implements different architectural aesthetics in an acceptable language.