Rural Houses in Portmore

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    Walhampton, Lymington
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WLA (Williams Lester Architects) were appointed in March
2019 to prepare revised designs for the 2no previously
consented houses on the site.

From a re-design aspect, a more traditional country
house design referencing either the Georgian or Victorian
periods was requested, with improved proportions,
internal space planning. A better resolved design
language was sought, that is more harmonious to the
setting of the site.

The style is characterised by generous room sizes and
ceiling heights. With large sash windows to maximise the
light penetration a pleasing sense of proportion and order
to the elevations is achieved.
Articulation and focus to the points of entrance is created
by the selective use of smooth faced ashlar stone, and
stone porticos set within recesses between projecting
bays – or internal corners. Prominent projecting and
bracketed eaves under natural slate roofs contribute to a
simple, understated elegance.
A calm colour palette is proposed for the smooth
rendered exterior which will assist in provide a gentle but
complementary contrast to an imaginative landscaping
scheme that will not compete with the natural backdrop of
mature trees.
A simple, but carefully detailed ‘coach-house’ style is
proposed for the garage buildings which are located to
create a sense of enclosure and arrival. Constructed from
the distinctive buff brickwork widely found in the local
area, they will read as simpler ancillary outbuildings, rather
than part of a larger complex of built forms.
A slight increase to the combined Gross Internal Area
of both houses is proposed, to 695sq.m - remaining
within the 700sq.m total of the existing buildings to be