Heritage in a modern way
Somerbrook is a newly built housing development of 38 homes, located in Great Somerford, Wiltshire. The high-quality homes built by Stonewood Homes, sit on a site which borders a farm from the 1500s and have therefore been sensitively designed to reflect their surroundings and buildings in the nearby village. Taking inspiration from the materials used in the rest of Great Somerford, the homes feature a mix of stone, red brick and premium quality render, alongside an eclectic mix of chimneys to give all the homes an individual look.
Vobster Architectural worked alongside developers Stonewood Homes to specify and supply semi dry cast stone to the project, which worked harmoniously alongside the facing bricks and reconstituted walling stone supplied by Taylor Maxwell. With the use of high-quality materials and sympathetic architecture prioritised by the design team, the development won the ‘Large Renovation Project’, ‘Commercial or Public Sector’ and ‘House Builder’ awards at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) South West House Builder Award’s 2021.
Concept to Completion
Comprising of terraced, link detached and detached homes, offering between two and five bedrooms each, this development aimed to bring family housing to a rural countryside location. Stonewood Homes carefully considered ways to reduce the environmental impact of the construction process, whilst ensuring that the design of the houses would reduce energy usage, with large windows and high ceilings allowing for maximum natural light to enter the properties.
Vobster Architectural supplied the semi dry cast stone used on the properties, which provided a textural contrast to the other materials with it’s smooth finish. The semi dry cast stone was used in string courses, to define the two levels of the buildings, alongside components such as corbels and cills to create accent details. The lower water content of this product meant that multiple casts could be taken from each mould at a much quicker rate during production, as opposed to wet cast stone, which saved both time and money during the manufacturing process. With the wide range of colour options available, the stone was also able to be created in the exact colour desired by the design team.
Overall, this development has provided stunning homes, sensitively integrated around a village green and with beautiful views across the countryside. Stonewood Homes have shown how new housing developments can be sensitively integrated into the surrounding architecture, rather than standing out as modern additions to a landscape.
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