The View, Dadford, Buckinghamshire

This small development with a combination of traditional and modern styles was shortlisted for a 'Building Excellence Award', nominated for 'Best Small New Housing Development'.

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Before The View was finished, this small development of four contemporary houses was shortlisted for a Building Excellence Award from LABC Central. Nominated for ‘Best Small New Housing Development’, The View, from property developers Francis Jackson Homes, expertly combines traditional and modern styles to produce a development ideally suited to the ‘special landscape area’ in which it is located. The View also showcases a range of high performance building materials - including VELFAC windows and doors.

Modern Barn Style Homes
The View comprises four large ‘barn style’ family homes, with VELFAC windows and doors set into traditional stone and cedar-clad facades. On the ground floor, large hinged patio doors flood rooms with natural light, enhanced by full height glazed walls installed around the entrance doors. Externally, aluminium frames and doors are powder-coated in grey, with inner pine frames painted white to deliver a neutral finish.

‘We love the VELFAC system – it’s a high quality product which fits our reputation as builders of high quality developments,’ says Nick Jackson, Managing Director of Francis Jackson Homes. ‘The composite design delivers a highly durable aluminium exterior together with the timber inner frame that residents always prefer. Planners often ask for all-timber windows for developments in sensitive locations but we were able to specify composite VELFAC windows and doors at The View because of the system’s low maintenance construction and sustainable design.’

A Positive Contribution to the Local Landscape
As the homes are deliberately contemporary in design, it was a brave decision by the local council to give permission to build says Nick: ‘The site is clearly visible from the historic National Trust-owned Stowe estate,’ he explains, ‘and this is one reason why the development has been shortlisted for the LABC Award, as The View is an excellent example of how to build high quality, well designed and well constructed homes which also make a positive contribution to the local landscape’.

Sector: Small housing development

Developer: Francis Jackson Homes

Built: 2017

Specified for:

  • High quality construction
  • Internal pine frame
  • Contemporary style
  • Low maintenance design
  • Sustainability