Long Crendon Family House

Mailen Design, Buckinghamshire, 2014


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Hall seen from lowered living area 

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  • Hall seen from lowered living area    
  • Entrance hallway    
  • Lowered living area    
  • View from kitchen area    
  • Stair seen from dining area    
  • Kitchen area    
  • Bridge between bedrooms    
  • Master bedroom overlooking double height hall    
  • Shuttered openings between bedrooms    
  • Conversations between bedrooms    
  • Bathroom    
  • Front elevation and driveway    
  • Plans and Elevations    
  • Detail Section 1    
  • Detail Section 2    
  • Ground Floor Detail Plan    
  • Sections and Elevations    
  • Cut away perspective    
  • Section through hallway    
  • Plinth Detail    
  • Window Detail    
  • Eaves Detail    
  • Eaves Corner Detail    

New build family house in Buckinghamshire

Working within considerable local planning restrictions the architect designed this three-bedroom house for private clients that is both contemporary and at ease in its historic village setting.

The exterior marries vernacular materials and proportion with modern detailing while the interior’s fluid arrangement of varied spaces reveals moments of surprise and delight.

Rooms are flexibly interlinked to allow choices between privacy and connection, such as the shuttered openings facing each other across the double-height hallway from parent and child bedrooms. Materials including larch, concrete and ply are largely left natural and self-finished inside and out, with inspiration coming from the area’s robust and simple farm buildings.

Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP) construction provides excellent environmental performance and allowed the structure to be erected to water-tightness in only one week. The total build cost of less than £1,500 per sqm represents excellent value for a unique family home.


  • Begun: Oct 2013
  • Completed: Apr 2014
  • Floor area: 157m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £232,345
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jun 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: Long Crendon, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18, United Kingdom

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