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Stunning new luxury black barn home in Hertfordshire

Hidden in the woodland of the common in Harpenden Conservation Area this barn style home feels like it’s in the countryside.

Black barns are a vernacular typology of Hertfordshire. This new luxury family home uses pitched roof forms and black wood cladding that develop that vernacular typology.

The black cladding is Shou Sugi Ban, charred wood using the ancient Japanese tradition to protect building timber.

Each piece has a unique texture. This is contrasted with off-white acrylic render and heritage hand made clay roof tiles.

The garden elevation has floor to ceiling slim black frame glazing with an open corner to maximise connectivity  with the garden.

Smart glass is used at the front to afford privacy at the touch of a switch the electro-chromatic switchable glass turns opaque.

The UCHi signature double height entrance hall greets the owners with a subterranean spiral wine cellar with walk on automatic glass door.

Interior floors in chevron wood and polished concrete, dark broody kitchen by Consilio Interiors.

Family room is a barn form with exposed wood structure, sunken seating area and mezzanine den.

The luxurious master suite has vaulted ceilings, inset balcony, walk in dressing and ensuite with freestanding feature bath.

The relationship between house and garden are paramount, the garden contains: outdoor kitchen, garden pod games room, hot tub, fire pit, Corten steel water features and oak frame garage



Interiors - Sue Murphy Interiors

Garden design - Breton Thomas

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