I started building this house in my head a few months ago with just what is now the top floor (or ‘eyrie’, as I like to think of it) of what you see here. I planned a room with a desk in the middle of it, a full height window directly ahead with bookshelves on either side and further windows to either side of the bookcases, entered by a door behind the desk. It seemed natural that this would sit on top of something. The roof of the floor below provides a viewing balcony for the eyrie. I wanted it to be independent of the rest of the building, hence the external staircase providing the only access to it.
The floor below houses three bedrooms and a bathroom and is accessed via a spiral staircase that leads up from the centre of the ground floor. The roof of the ground floor provides a sub-balcony for outdoor living.
The ground floor is open plan and contains the kitchen and generous living areas.
The spiral staircase is a key structural element of the construction as it incorporates fixings for the beams that provide the roof of the ground floor/base of the first floor and is topped with a broad, circular metal plate the provide the floor of the Eyrie.
Originally this was conceived as being an hexagonal, or maybe even octagonal building but is drawn here as circular.
Underfloor heating powered by temperature inversion technology combines with wood burning stove, solar panels on the roof and output from the windmill to provide power to the building.
This house is to be built on an elevated piece of land offering fine views of surrounding countryside, preferably including a view of the sea.