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How a site influences house design

From trees and other geographical features through to local materials, what’s on and around your plot can feed in to the way a dwelling’s design takes shape. This can often make for an interesting result, says architect Julian Owen
The brief given to 2020 Architects ( from the owners of this barn-style home in County Down, Northern Ireland, was to create something that engaged with the landscape. Fibre-cement corrugated cladding echoes vernacular agricultural buildings

There are three essential ingredients for creating the perfect bespoke house design: the budget; where it is built; and the needs and aspirations of the future occupants. To ensure the design is special, respect the land that it sits upon and its location. Even a simple plot has features and qualities that make it unique, and the trick is to weave these into your brief and budget to create a home that is anchored into its location.

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The January 2020 issue of Build It is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specifying materials. The January 2020 Edition includes: - Future-Proof Your Self Build - Are Woodburning Stoves Really Eco Friendly? - Renovation Design Details - Draught Proofing a Period Home - Planning Secrets: Keeping Your Neighbours Happy - Sound Proofing: How to Create a Quiet Home ... and much more!