By the same token, the architect’s ability to listen to the advice given also proved important from the outset: ‘Andy and the owners were happy to take on board our ideas, it really helped to push each other further,’ Steve recalls.
As the build started and the materials – stone, metal and timber – all began to take shape, the momentum was fast but the conditions were not always favourable. The Bellevarde team had an access road, but no water or power. While the weather was unseasonably dry, the constant wind meant the monochrome Holstein dairy cows at the dairy lay witness to at least three sheets of galvanised aluminium flying into the ether.
To add more complexity to the build, the owners had an inspired but challenging suggestion: why not build two homes instead of one?
‘Originally we had just one build,’ Steve says. ‘But the owners suggested a second property, a little two-bedroom guest house for a farm manager, guests that come to stay, or even a rental.’
Amazingly, in just over 12 months Headland House and its accompanying guest space, Escarpment House, were born, taking full advantage of the views, the natural light and the seclusion of its stunning location.