Set in the heart of a former scout camp on the northern outskirts of Tandridge in Surrey, Little Meadow is an exceptional new build project that stays true to its roots with extraordinary and dynamic twists.
After the abandoned scout camp fell into a state of disrepair, local master builder and carpenter, Steve Lunt, stepped in to secure three acres of the site.
Although it could have posed a potential challenge, Steve managed to see the possibilities in a site without utilities as he embraced the surrounding woodland and nature, ensuring that the beauty of the green belt and rural character of the area remained protected. His objective was to create an attractive property that was traditional at the core as well as being environmentally friendly.
Steve’s key objectives for the project were two fold, firstly to create an attractive traditional, designed property that would complement and enhance the area and secondly, to construct the property with energy efficient technology and sustainable features wherever possible.
The installation of services to the area such as gas, water and electricity proved challenging in so far as Steve had to liaise with all the service companies, who all had their own ideas of how and where to site the ducts, cables and pipes, all within regulation depth and width from each other.
Sustainable building materials included wood, ideal as it’s effectively carbon neutral and insulates well. Acoustic soundproofing was introduced between floors, which ensures both airborne and impact sound is kept to a minimum and has proved very successful. Particular emphasis was also given to energy efficiency and air tightness, which is often overlooked but is a key factor in creating an energy efficient home.
The new house also features state-of-the-art technologies that allow the user to control and monitor security, lighting and other devices within the home, or remotely from a mobile device.
Steve and Alison have included an oak staircase with glass panels to enable more light to flood the landing, staircase and hall, finishing off with a large crystal chandelier hung low at the galleried landing. Steve’s carpentry skills and those of his sons are shown throughout including the beautifully mitred skirtings and architraves to each room.
Regularly communicating with Tandridge Building Control’s senior surveyor Gavin Rolph throughout the construction process, the build was complete within 12 months and this stunning new home clearly pays testament to the high standard of workmanship that went into it.
And Steve’s exceptional organisational and creative skills allowed him to not only work on his own home, but also to work on a two further properties on the site for the original landowner.
Architects for original planning application – Chris Frost, Future Planning & Developments Tel: 0207 993 8196
Architects for revision of existing plans and building regulations application – Glyn Doughty/Glyn Doughty Designs Tel: 01959 562723
Contractor/client – Steve Lunt/Sceptre Construction. Tel: 01342 844010
Gavin Rolph/Tandridge Building Control. Tel: 01883 732871