Abbots Way Home, Hampshire Property, Netley Abbey Residence, Fountains Park House

Abbots Way, Hampshire, England : House at Netley Abbey

Fountains Park Property, southeast England design by AR Design Studio Architects

2 Oct 2012

Abbots Way House

Design: Architect Andy Ramus – AR Design Studio

Contemporary Hampshire House

Completion: Aug 2012

Abbots Way, the latest creation by AR Design Studio, is a stunning five bedroom house. Bordered by mature trees and a small lake, this spectacular house creates feelings of ultimate relaxation and privacy, whilst its contemporary design juxtaposes superbly with its beautifully rural location, on the south coast of England.

Abbots Way Hampshire House at Netley Abbey
photo : Martin Gardner,

The site is accessed via a private forest lane. Its overtly linear approach extends into the plot and creates the conceptual main axis. A second axis, perpendicular to the former, intersects and leads towards a hot tub and the lake. These axes are defined by timber paths and large stone walls that begin in the garden and run through the house and out the other side. The walls continue through the plot, to link a further a separate office and gym space at the bottom of the garden.

Abbots Way Hampshire House at Netley Abbey House at Netley Abbey Abbots Way Hampshire
photos : Martin Gardner,

These dividing walls create four separate garden experiences, the first of which being the entrance space. The second is a calm pebbled Japanese herb garden to the rear of the house linking the separate office. The third is a private enclosed wooded space dedicated to the kitchen and master bedroom above. The fourth is a large open expanse of tropical plants and lawn reaching down to the lake, reflecting the open plan living space that looks over it.

Abbots Way Hampshire House at Netley Abbey House at Netley Abbey Abbots Way Hampshire
photos : Martin Gardner,

A white box, sat on top of the axial walls, gives the upper sleeping floor a light weight image and appears to be floating above the stone axes. It contains the five bedrooms, all with large glazed areas. This provides beautiful tree top views of the lake and surrounding woodland, creating a sense of being nestled amongst the tree canopy whilst lying in bed.

The ground floor living areas, nestled under the box and formed by the axis, are enclosed with large sliding glazed panels that provide a seamless link between the internal and external. The terrace further accentuates this, with the use of a single style of floor tile inside, that extends outside through flush thresholds to really give a true sense of ‘inside/outside living’.

Abbots Way Hampshire House at Netley Abbey House at Netley Abbey Abbots Way Hampshire
photos : Martin Gardner,

The moat surrounding the house provides a metaphoric sense of security between the outside world and the inner sanctum. Crossing it via a bridge to access the front door, enables the owners to psychologically leave the outside world behind and enter into their own retreat.

Ground Floor Plan ; First Floor Plan:
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images : AR Design Studio

The palette of materials used is modest and understated. White and grey render adorn the floating box. Natural stone, inspired by local 12th Century abbey that sets the vernacular for the area, is used for the walls that dominate the ground floor providing rugged contrast. Dark floor tiles inside and out, make the experience of the house, that of calm play between light and space without boundaries.

The house is super insulated to create a highly energy efficient home, with under floor heating providing warmth and large overhangs to reduce solar gain in the summer months.

Abbots Way Hampshire House at Netley Abbey Hampshire House at Netley Abbey Abbots Way Hampshire
photos : Martin Gardner,

Abbots Way House – Building Information

Location: Abbots Way Fountains Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 5HB, England
Architect: Andy Ramus – AR Design Studio, Winchester, UK
Completion: Aug 2012
Photographer: Martin Gardner,

House at Netley Abbey Abbots Way Hampshire
photos : Martin Gardner,

Abbots Way House images / information from Andy Ramus – AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio

Location: Abbots Way, Hampshire, England, UK

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