Name: Nairn Road
Location: Canford Cliffs, Poole
Date completed: November 2014
Architect: David James

Natural materials and strong lines created with vertical stone against horizontal aluminium elements have produced a striking contemporary family home. Nairn Road is a quiet residential street in the sought after area of Canford Cliffs, Poole. The site in question is level and then drops away with a steep treed incline bordering onto a neighbouring golf course.

The client’s brief was to create a contemporary house using natural materials, ensuring timeless architecture. It was imperative to provide privacy from neighbouring houses. The house was to have four ensuite bedrooms, with an open plan living area, cinema room, study, separate dinning / lounge area and double garage.

The interior layout creates rooms that could form part of the main open plan feel of the house whilst the clever use of double doors provides the opportunity to create more intimate spaces. The house was designed to have a statement entrance hall, ensuring an impressive sense of arrival. A further feature was to create flow from the house to an outdoor living area. The rear terrace expands the full width of the house and is raised above the ground below, which drops away ensuring a sense of privacy amongst the surrounding treed area.

From the road, the house in question is very distinct with a subtle palette of colours created from the use of a mixture of stone, render, glass and aluminium, ensuring striking architectural forms. The boundary fence and gate provide a strong contrast with iroko timber, while the stone piers link back to the solidity of the house itself.