Nestled beside the river on an island site in Berkshire, Heather Cottage is a privately owned weekend retreat skilfully designed by Spratley & Partners. Kebony was selected to clad the exterior of the property, embracing the use of natural materials to create a modern, riverside home which blends seamlessly into the surroundings.
Positioned on a floodplain, Heather Cottage has piled foundations and is raised up on concrete stilts 1.85m above the ground, supported by a steel frame. The unique angular design mitigates the risk of flood by combining two opposing blocks which form the shape of a ‘T’, whilst facilitating impressive views overlooking the river.
Sam George, Director at Spratley & Partners commented: “It is a great honour to have been part of this project and create a weekend home which is not only secure but simple for the owners to manage. It was essential that the property was aesthetically pleasing but also energy efficient and made use of natural materials; as a result Kebony proved to be the perfect material which helped us bring this vision to life.”
Photos by Peter Cook