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Big houses—Part 1

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It's as they say, go big or go home!. If you're not a fan of being limited for living space or confined outdoor areas, then this saying should definitely apply to your next residential project. Whether you choose the city, beach or countryside, big homes with an awe-inspiring façade are ogled at online, in magazines and in the flesh. Everyone, at least once in their lives, has taken the time to go for a drive in the areas where all the celebrities and wealthy business people live for the sole purpose of oohing and ahhing over these properties. Perhaps it's to gain inspiration, to open your eyes, or even to simply see the changes in architectural trends and designs. Whatever the reason, we have 5 stunning examples of big homes that will be sure to leave you green with envy.

1. Oxshott Rise, Cobham

The rear elevation and swimming pool:  Pool by Hale Brown Architects Ltd
Hale Brown Architects Ltd

The rear elevation and swimming pool

Hale Brown Architects Ltd

This first stunning image is the rear view of a 10,000 sqft luxury family on Oxshott Way Estate in Cobham. Completed in July 2013 by Hale Brown Architects, this home, despite it's quasi-Victorian appearance, is actually a new build. A marriage of traditional and contemporary building materials can be found here, and are of course, responsible for the grandiose and classic façade that we have on view. The ground floor is an open plan and spacious experience, with the internal layout of various rooms flowing generously into one another. This indoor expanse has a dialogue with the outside, allowing the two spaces to graciously intersect with one another.

2. Meanderhouse

When we think of a house situated in the woods, we normally picture a wooden cabin or stone cottage. Responding to nature in a different way and rejecting the vernacular, the curvaceous form of this home creates a different dialogue with the environment, sweeping the formation of the landscape in a dynamic and contemporary way. The translucency and material palette of the building helps to keep such a modern form subdued, as does choosing to expand lengthwise instead of upwards. We can't help but see a glimmer of architecture great Mies van der Rohe's acclaimed Farnsworth House in this image, with a woody, tree lined landscape and bold, white modern structure working together in total harmony.

3. Vivendi designer coastal home

A designer coastal home is definitely in the dream books for many. This house is located in Perth, Western Australia: an area known for incredible beaches and consistently sunny weather. Here, on the coast, you will find this incredible example of bold modern architecture. With a striking cantilevered roof and intricate form, this property with its mix of white render, steel and glass, is a modernist's dream. The inside silhouette reflects a similar shape to the outside, with a muted colour palette and strict architectural geometry. The touch of greenery on the outside of the home gives us a bit of a hint as to the location, with a beach-like feel created by the drought resistant yukkas and ferns.

4. Ewhurst, Surrey

Ewhurst, Surrey:  Houses by C7 architects
C7 architects

Ewhurst, Surrey

C7 architects

In another adaptation of a traditional style, this property is located in the small town of Ewhurst in South East England. Looking very much like a country estate, this home, with its grand façade, is a mix of red brick and tile.  What you wont know from appearances only, is that this house is situated in a Green Belt in the United Kingdom. A Green Belt is an area of land that is underdeveloped, rural or agricultural. These laws are sometimes put in place to protect pockets of land from expanding neighbourhoods and urban sprawl. Therefore, paying homage to the rural landscape of Ewhurst, this home reflects a style that can be seen on other country houses in this area. 

5. Holford Road

Holford Road 2:  Houses by KSR Architects
KSR Architects

Holford Road 2

KSR Architects

Our final home in this series of big houses is from KSR Architects. Part of a conversion project, this property, which was once an arts and craft nursing home in the 1900s, has been masterfully converted into three stunning individual homes. The section of home you see is part of house 2, with the brief being to refresh the exterior of the home adding a gym, media centre and wet leisure room consisting of a spa and pool below the gardens. Clever outdoor lighting adds to the appeal of this property, allowing it to simply shine like the gem that it is in the darkness.

To see more impressive examples of architecture, click here:

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Which in this series is your favourite big house? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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