Stable Acre

David Kohn Architects, Norwich, 2010


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  • Sections through bedroom and entrance hall    
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Holiday home situated on the edge of a working farm in Norfolk

An existing 37 metre long mid-19th century stable block was remodelled to create a contemporary home.

Internally the rooms are organised in a linear arrangement. The open plan living space is placed centrally with a kitchen at one end of the building and the bedrooms placed in a row, and terminated with the master bedroom, at the other. Each of the the rooms has wide views of the rural landscape to the south-west.

Fragments of the ruined nineteenth century stable block were retained and incorporated into the new house while the existing floor and roof were replaced. Southerly glazing, exposed brick walls and the thermally massive floor structure provide passive heating of the interior while a relatively shallow floor plan allows cooling by natural ventilation.

The former paddock was reconfigured with the buildings removed from the site and an apple orchard introduced to domesticate the landscape. A dense concrete and lead gatehouse, which contains a refurbished borehole and pump, frames one’s arrival to the house.


  • Begun: May 2009
  • Completed: Jan 2010
  • Floor area: 250m2
  • Total cost: £380,000
  • Procurement: JCT Standard Form
  • Address: Duck Row, Haveringland, Norwich, NR10 4EZ, United Kingdom

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