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The house that we built

By Kim McFayden 7 years agoComment

I’m excited today to be sharing my personal architecture journey with you!

Hubby & I have followed the work of Bourne Blue Architects for many years so it was exciting to give them the challenge of transforming our ugly duckling into a swan while incorporating their signature style of understated simplicity, extensive use of concrete and timber and sustainable principles.

I thought it would be good to share the images I originally gave Bourne Blue as inspiration for the design. That way you can compare what were hoping for with the end result. The first few photos are essentially the inspiration board, followed by the first CAD drawing (which looked scarily like a public hospital) and then more CAD drawings where the hospital look is vastly improved with the addition of cladding etc. After the CAD drawings you can see the final result in real life!

What do you reckon? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Concept shot given to Bourne Blue:


Concept shot provided to Bourne Blue (one of their designs):


Concept shot provided to Bourne Blue (also a Bourne Blue design):


Concept shot provided to Bourne Blue (a Bourne Blue design):


Concept shot provided to Bourne Blue (a Bourne Blue design):


Concept shot provided to Bourne Blue:

Outdoor room

Concept sketch drawn by Bourne Blue:

First exterior concept

Concept sketch drawn by Bourne Blue:


Concept sketch drawn by Bourne Blue:


Concept sketch drawn by Bourne Blue:


Concept sketch drawn by Bourne Blue:


And this is how it turned out:


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 Kim McFayden

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