Hamish and Lyons Architects

Stepping Stone House

The site was heavily constrained: conservation area, green belt, flood zone and surrounded by listed buildings.

Hamish and Lyons Architects proposed to replace 3 disconnected, under used and flood prone outbuildings with additional living accommodation for the existing house. The design seeks to engage the whole family with the calming effects of nature. This is achieved through the abundant use of daylight, an organic structure and natural materials.


The galvanized and painted steel stilts elevate the buildings above the lake, lifting them clear of the flood waters and allowing flush access to the existing house. They also make it possible to swim under the buildings. A steel undercarriage with tapered perimeter fins support the building above and is echoed in the steel fins which support the overhanging roof.


The smaller of the two new buildings is a self contained guest house and contains a kitchen / living space, utility corridor, bathroom and bed deck. The larger building is a multifunctional space with a bathroom and bed deck and is primarily be used by the children as a play room. It is connected to the existing house via a structural glass bridge.


Much of the building was pre fabricated which allowed for a brief construction period on site and minimised waste.


Images © James Brittain Photography