Ideas To Make A Self-Build Blend Into The Environment

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If you’ve found the perfect spot for your self-build timber frame home, it’s time to start to think about the architecture – both inside and out. In a built up area, you may want your new home to stand out from the crowd, but when you’re choosing to build in an area that is naturally beautiful, how your home blends into the world around it is not just necessary, but may also be a crucial point in your planning permission.

If you’re starting to consider how this will come to be for your home, check out this article from The Telegraph – after all, their team of home journalist have discovered and talked to many a self-builder who has been through the process and come out the other end with a beautiful house which does not compromise the surrounding area.

Of course, the first thing to consider is the building materials you’re going to use to clad your timber frame home as this will greatly affect how your home looks in its environment.

One simple trick is to use a lot of glass, mirror or other highly reflective material – this will reflect the land around it allowing your structure to recede into the world around it. This may work in some areas more than others – leafy environments will look particularly brilliant, as will sparse landscapes. The upkeep required on this finish is something to consider however – it certainly makes for a larger job for the local window cleaner.

If not reflecting the world outside literally with glass or mirror, you could achieve the same idea by using a local material. If you’re home is in Yorkshire, using Yorkshire stone would be perfect for achieving a look that’s true to your surroundings. Likewise, while wood cladding for your home in a forest setting won’t mean absolute camouflage, it’s a finish that will be sympathetic to the world around it. These finishes are far more durable and even take on more of the quality of their surroundings the longer they exist there – becoming more weathered as the world outside reclaims them.

This is also true of metals being used. While the structure may stand out to start with, as this material becomes more weathered, it undoubtedly will fit in better with the environment.

The other big consideration is shape and placement of your new home. For yourself, enjoying your home, you need to design around the views from your home, making sure you have the most beautiful unobscured views you can possibly have. This doesn’t always fit in hand in hand with having a home receding into the background however.

While there are some amazing homes built into the landscape, if you want your home to stand centre stage, your architect can still be sympathetic. If you avoid the traditional bulking squares of a home on the landscape by using curves and gentle sloping shapes, the structure will give a sense of imposing less, keeping your land still as beautiful as before you began construction.


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