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Stunning retreat

This modern riverside house clad in natural materials blends into its Berkshire surroundings. Designed by Spratley & Partners, the property was constructed as a holiday retreat for a family with children.

Positioned in 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 home features a sloping green roof, which helps to reduce surface water run-off as well as minimising the visual impact of the build. The architects chose to clad the dwelling with Kebony – a sustainable engineered wood that silvers with exposure to the elements.

Large expanses of glass in the open-plan living, kitchen and dining areas bathe the interiors with natural light. A cantilevered deck wraps around the house maximising the inside-outside feel, ideal for summer days.

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