A home along the countryside would certainly look better by taking in more natural light. The brighter it is inside, the more a dwelling seemingly blends into its surroundings. Visitors would come in and marvel at the view from the big windows. That was exactly the kind of house envisioned by Gary and Julie Chivers, as they went through and successfully completed their self-build project.
The Chivers had purchased a 4.5-acre plot near the Mendip Hills of Somerset, an official area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The picturesque rural environment makes it perfect for walking dogs, which Julie says the couple had been doing there many years back. The size of the land provided them with much more room than the average plot squeezed between houses at a suburb.
As for the project, it was headed by chief architect Mick O'Connor together with specialists Squirrel Design, who were all chosen by the Chivers. Somerton Windows was brought along to handle the glazing. The house was built primarily with timber frame and stone walls. Although the existing property had to be demolished, the old stone was utilised for cladding, as such a style would go in line with the vernacular of Somerset.
Since they moved in, the Chivers have been entertaining more guests than before. They apparently would gaze endlessly at the postcard-like view enabled by the large area of glass on each floor. Glass also forms the convenient sliding units located in the different rooms. Overall, the extensive glazing is what makes the house special. Seeing the landscape throughout the day during different seasons is the perk of living or visiting here. 'We get wonderful skies from this spot, especially at dusk, with the sun setting straight out across the Bristol Channel,' says Julie.
Have plans on building a home near a gorgeous area like The Mendips? Taking cue from the Chivers' self-build would be a great way to start. As a matter of fact, we'd suggest referring to the design of their house along with installing one additional feature an air powered lift. We're not talking about the traditional cable-and-pulley elevator. This kind of lift is made of a partially airtight cylinder, inside of which ascends or descends a self-contained cabin. It comes in multiple sizes, good for at most three individuals or one wheelchair user. It doesn't just transport passengers to the different floors. It allows them to take advantage of the 360-degree view from inside the tube. It makes a stunning decoration that also happens to provide a more convenient way of going up and down.
One of these panoramic lifts would go perfectly with a light-filled home, as no light gets obscured with it in place. Your house wouldn't become darker or drab but rather, it would look even more attractive. There's quite an aesthetic appeal to these air powered lifts, as their innovative design complements the existing glass windows and natural surroundings present. And let's not forget they're both energy efficient and easy to maintain as well! All the more reason to have one of these lifts.
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