Fisher Stevenson House

Brandeston, Suffolk

An example of a contemporary eco house with tight planning constraints.

The Fisher-Stevenson family decided to relocate from Kent to Suffolk in 1998 and following evaluation of a number of building plots with Michael Winter chose a suitable plot in a quiet Suffolk village.

Although the brief from the artist/graphic designer couple was for a very contemporary eco house with minimal interior decoration, the site was located adjacent to a conservation area and was subject to the strict design guidelines of Suffolk Coastal District Council. The house therefore has a traditional public face, which is in keeping with the area, and a more modern open rear elevation to express its contemporary interiors.

The house has a very green specification including breathing walls using recycled newspaper insulation and passive ventilation and makes the most of the wonderful views across open countryside at the rear.

The house was constucted in just 15 weeks and was featured in the February 2002 edition of Homebuilding and Renovating magazine.
Approximate area 1600sqft/150m2
Approximate cost £150,000
Completed 1999