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An Environmentally-Friendly Wood-Clad UK Home

Where there was once a post-war bungalow, now sits a brand-new, environmentally-friendly home built with timber frame construction. Designed by Nick Leith-Smith, the Berkshire, UK residence is also a multi-level design that’s raised up since the house sits within a designated flood zone.

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There’s a split in the design between the garage at the ground level and the rest of the entrance level which allowed the master bedroom to be on its own level with a private roof terrace over the kitchen.

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The main structure of the house is clad in two different materials, one that’s rendered and the other in larch, creating different levels of texture.

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A rear deck connects to the kitchen, dining room, and L-shaped living room via two sets of glass doors.

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Glass panels replace a typical metal or wooden railing.

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The simple kitchen is decked out with white cabinets and countertops, which offset the blue tiled backsplash. The wooden floors warm the space up.

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The interior staircase is framed with oak and glass railings.

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Upstairs there are four bedrooms, including a master suite.

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The front of the house has a long canopy to provide shelter to the front door.

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Photos by Quintin Lake.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.