Contemporary House Design

'Summerhouse', Godalming, Surrey.

Striking contemporary design for a replacement house in Surrey receives planning permission.

A contemporary house design offering creative and bold lines, that is, ‘Summerhouse’. This contemporary home reflects the architecture of today, going beyond that to define the ever-changing architectural styles of this century.

Background – A 1960’s home sat perched on a cliff edge, overlooking the historic market town of Godalming, adjoining Godalming Hillside. The detached three-storey private house is of little architectural merit. As a result, makes very little contribution to the street scene.

The existing house elevations are of facing brick walls and a mix of timber and PVCu windows and doors. The challenge set by our client to create a contemporary house design replacing the existing house. In addition, a new car parking platform was to be integrated into the overall scheme development. Of vital importance, the design needed to carefully consider the site’s impact on the Hillside and surrounding heritage features.




Summary of Proposal

  • The single dwelling of a high quality sustainable contemporary design,
  • Update of the existing property which is considered being of low architectural merit and as a consequence makes very little contribution to the street scene,
  • Enhancement of the upward views from Godalming,
  • Improvements in soft and hard landscaping.




A contemporary design solution…

The first planning application consisted of replacing the existing property in its entirety. The second application formed an extensive remodelling of the property in lieu of replacement. The two design concepts reflecting in similar contemporary house design and fashion to each other; and of which subsequently both received planning permission.




The design of the new house is of contemporary appearance with large areas of glazing allowing views out over the site and rolling landscape beyond. With a simple lightweight cantilevered flat roof sections combined with the choice of high quality materials and crisp detailing further enhance the design concept. The chosen palette of materials allowed the building to blend within nearby neighbouring properties and improve significantly the views from Godalming town centre.


A luxury open plan layout…

A striking design resulting in creating a light, ‘open plan’ contemporary home layout featuring stunning outlook views over the town. The ‘open plan’ arrangement, large glass panels and double vaulted glazed entrance hall ensure natural light fills through the home. Also, our design of the home achieves respecting the surroundings and neighbouring buildings.



In addition, a full-width glass box stands out along the rear elevation of the home forming a successful feature. Also, this feature allows us to maximise the flooding of natural light into the interior of the rooms.



Above all, the large glass areas enable occupants within the prime rooms to enjoy breathtaking views over Godalming and beyond. As such, the eye-catching design creates a stunning home as a result of carefully mixing areas of large glass panels with crisp detailing and other wall cladding materials. The strong exterior and interior features create strong focal points and excitement, that will be a delight all end users…



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  • Planning Permission Granted.

Project Classification

  • Contemporary-Concept-Planning-Building Regulations-Working Drawings.


  • Summerhouse, Summerhouse Close, Godalming, Surrey. UK.

Land Designation

  • Godalming Hillsides, Within 500 metre buffer of Ancient Woodlands, Tree Preservation Orders present, Within 5km of Wealden Heaths SPA, AQMZ buffer zone, lies within a Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) area.


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