My Scrapbook

 Contemporary Houses

Velfac windows; horizontal wood cladding

This photo from a Velfac Windows gallery shows horizontal sun-screen cladding with a very pleasing random hit-and-miss effect.

Potton’s Lighthouse

I like the curved roofline on this Potton eco house, and the horizontal cladding.

Design and Materials contemporary house design

Design and Materials contemporary house design

This contemporary design from Design and Materials looks good. I particularly like the split roof. I’m not a fan of the flat roofs on some contemporary designs.

From haus-uk.com website

From haus-uk.com website

I like the roofline here (echoes of a Dutch Barn) and I also like the timber cladding.

Muswell House in Oxfordshire, by Adrian James

Muswell House in Oxfordshire, by Adrian James

Another house with a curved roof and a reasonable combination of materials. Maybe not my favourite overall design but useful as a comparison, for discussion. See http://adrianjames.com/project/muswell-house/ for more views. This house was also covered on Page 52 of the February 2009 issue of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.

Cranium Lodge by Batterham Matthews Design

Cranham Lodge by Batterham Matthews Design

The dry-stone-wall-style stonework on this house works well. This is the Cranham Lodge project by Batterham Matthews Design.

Sandstone PK03 from realstonecladding.co.uk

Sandstone PK03 from realstonecladding.co.uk

This is broadly similar stonework, available commercially as cladding stone from the Real Stone Cladding Co – see their Coursed Sandstone – Dry Stack in Buff colour.

 Traditional Houses

Old Flour Mills, Burton on Trent

I like the “industrial” look and the repeating patterns of the windows. I also like the overall effect from the slightly mixed colours of the brickwork, especially the contrast between the red and blue bricks (you have to zoom in to see those clearly).

The Albion Pub at Burton on Trent

The Albion Pub at Burton on Trent

Coincidentally also at Burton on Trent, I like Victorian buildings like this one. I think it’s because of the repeating patterns of the gables and dormers (with the shallower sloping roof on the right sticking out like a sore thumb).

Barratt Homes Lauderdale 3-Bed Detached

Barratt Homes Lauderdale 3-Bed Detached

This is (very much!) an artists impression of the house I left in 2014. I’m not sure whether to class this as Traditional or Contemporary; I guess it’s Traditional in style. I still like the way it looks – a good compromise between a plain box and an overly ornate maintenance nightmare. There are some obvious design compromises – for example the ground floor window doesn’t do a great job of lighting the living room.

Furness Brick Chapel Blend Bricks

Furness Brick Chapel Blend Bricks

This is a good example of “new looks old”, using Furness Brick’s Chapel Blend bricks.

Product Designs

Mira Platinum digital shower controller

Mira Platinum digital shower controller

This controller for the Mira Platinum digital shower was designed by Priestmangoode. Simple but stylish.

Nordlux Funk suspended acrylic lampshades

Nordlux Funk suspended acrylic lampshades

More simple shapes. A few of the large, frosted shades would look good in a line over a kitchen island unit.

Authentics Labware Lighting - Conical Flask Light

Authentics Labware Lighting – Conical Flask Light

Or this one. (£299 RRP but achica.com sometimes offer a limited quantity for £250.) Then again I am the sort of person who likes the idea of a Periodic Table shower curtain (just like in The Big Bang Theory).

John Lewis Jorgen LED Hoop Ceiling Pendant

John Lewis Jorgen LED Hoop Ceiling Pendant

I like lighting fixtures which have been designed specifically to take advantage of the characteristics of LED lights. It’s a little difficult to see in the photo but this one is an open hoop, 450mm in diameter. The suspension wires are used to supply the power, which gives a very neat look.

Hansgrohe Metris S basin mixer tap

Hansgrohe Metris S basin mixer tap

I bought one of these for the bathroom in the house I left in 2014. It’s beautifully engineered and works brilliantly. As a bonus the relatively long control handle is easy to use for anyone with limited dexterity and by default the maximum flow is 5 litres per minute at 3 bar pressure which meets the Good Practice level of the AECB Water Standards (PDF link) and still fills the sink reasonably quickly.

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A nice heated and illuminated bathroom mirror from http://www.lightingcentre.co.uk/shop/product/1366/

Wave-effect double sink5-A-Gorgeous-Minimalistic-Irregular-Shaped-Sink-in-White-by-Catalano-Takes-on-Extra-Character-with-The-Incorporation-of-A-Blue-Splash-Shaped-Hollow

 

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4 thoughts on “My Scrapbook

  1. having looked at the plans ,I think you have it all wrong .If the old house had already been demolished before you came to the site you would ‘nt have seen the spectacular views from upstairs,which I very much miss after having lived at Marsh Flatts for fourty odd years.Iknow it is warmer to have small windows faceing north and there is often a howling gale from the north BUT that is where the views are,you can see for miles!!! If you would like any more information please get in touch.

  2. I have been following this development with interest as probably 30 odd years ago I used to keep my pony dandy at marsh flatts farm and occasionally babysit for Mrs Archers children and also help out at the clay pigeon shoots that they used to have there. They were very happy memories and Mrs Archer was a lovely lady who always went out of her way to be very nice to me. I was sad to see the old house demolished as it was always such a warm and welcoming house with its lovely aga in the kitchen it was so full of character the garden was always full of flowers and wildlife and the geese wandered around the place honking noisily when anyone came down the drive, happy days, anyway good luck with it all hope you are very happy living there and hello to Mrs Archer if you ever read this hope you and your family are well.

  3. Hi Julie. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m surprised how many local people have some connection with Marsh Flatts Farm.

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