While watching TV recently I caught a snippet of a program referring to High and Over House in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. I had forgotten this property but seeing it again I recalled it from my architectural research done at Art College.
This modernist house, built 1929-30 and designed by architect Amyas Connell, is considered to be the first and finest Modern style property built in Britain, consequently it has a Grade 11 Heritage classification.
Amyas Connell was a New Zealander and a student of the archaeologist professor Bernard Ashmole, Ashmole asked Connell to design his home in 1928. The site was found and the plan of the house was designed in a distinctive ‘Y’ shape to make the most of the sun and the surrounding views. The 3 wings of the property radiate from an hexagonal hall, this I presume, will give good light filled interiors and is a plan not often seen due to the meagre plots of land used these days.
As with other modernist houses built at this time it would have inspired a great deal of interest and controversy both from it’s appearance and the internal concrete block and external brick with render construction used. I see know that this property is for sale and presumably it will be purchased by a lover of the modernist architectural style.
As a door supplier we are often contacted by Listed Property Owners who have specific requirements for new timber doors due to the Grade 1 or 11 listing. As we are able to supply both Internal and external doors in bespoke sizes and styles we ask customers to send us details of accurate measurements, timber types and and information from the listing in order to give them an accurate quotation. These orders are particularly fulfilling for us and for the customer when fitted and completed.