KIBBEAR HOUSE, TRULL, SOMERSET
Shortlisted RICS 2018 Awards
This contemporary dwelling replaced the original Kibbear House and bungalow that were demolished in 2016 and is located in a secluded setting just outside of Trull, south of Taunton, Somerset. The property enjoys an elevated position with extensive views reaching across to the Blackdown and Quantock Hills.
The statement four-bedroom Kibbear House features cantilevered glass balconies and an impressive belvedere that provides panoramic views of the stunning surrounding countryside as well as incorporating spacious interiors that have delivered a contemporary family living space. During the design process maximising the site’s exceptional position in the Somerset countryside was a crucial factor.
The open-plan kitchen / sitting / dining room, featuring a series of wide door openings and large windows, connects the interior with the mature landscaping and creative planting that further enhances the setting. An eye-catching magnolia tree located at the entrance to Kibbear House retains a historic key feature that was a fundamental part of the overall objective.
The client had a clear vision of creating a modern interpretation of a traditional country house, and this has been achieved by using traditional rural forms and embellishing these with modern architectural features and materials. A combination of Purbeck stone and conventional detailing reinforce a vernacular identity, while the extruded style of the chimneys and belvedere, slate pitched roofs and feature balconies reveal more modern interventions.
The design phase was informed by historical examples of country homes, and this led to the concept of a double-gabled frontage with a large central entrance hall from which all ground-floor rooms could be accessed. The ‘wow’ factor has been further substantiated by the addition of an elegant oak and glass curved staircase enhancing the main entrance space.
Sustainable materials and technologies were also an integral part of the development, examples of these were rain water harvesting, ground source heat pumps, PV panels and the use of thermal massing, all of which were integrated into the finished scheme.