The goal for this suburban London home, designed by Baufritz UK and dubbed Imagine, was to create a welcoming family dwelling that offers an eco-friendly and contemporary alternative to conventional homes in the UK.

“At a first glance, the house appears to be a typical suburban house, with a simple street elevation that reflects its conservation-area setting,” the architects say. “Crisp window and door openings and a zinc-clad bay window hint at its contemporary character.” The opposite façade features large windows and terraces overlooking the backyard.

“The entrance hall opens onto a spacious living, dining and kitchen area,” the architects say. “A study is tucked away to one side of the hallway. The basement contains a large family room and game room. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, as well as a beautiful master suite beneath the hipped roof with its own private terrace.”

The project was prefabricated in Baufritz’s factory in Germany before being shipped to the UK, minimizing construction time on site and overall waste. Sustainable features of the residence include natural wood-shaving insulation, roof solar panels, rainwater harvesting and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.  [Photos courtesy of Baufritz UK]