Just a short stroll from the center of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, England, architect David Tapp’s family home cuts a striking figure at the end of a private driveway. Designed and built in 1969, the Tapp House uses a prefabricated system the architect developed with Fredericks Timber—a method he then went on to use for several subsequent projects.
Meticulously maintained throughout the years, the dwelling features original timber-clad ceilings and walls as well as quarry-tiled floors lining the central hallway of the ground level. There is also a decorative, abstract mural on one side of the front door.
Yet, one of the most notable aspects of the home is the dramatic raised living room awaiting on the back facade. Resting gently on timber girders, the striking addition not only creates what appears to be a floating living space, but also a covered outdoor area underneath.
To take advantage of the lush garden area surrounding the home, Tapp designed the interior spaces to blur the lines between inside and out. Large swathes of glazing can be found on both levels in addition to skylights and picture windows. For example, the expansive living room features floor-to-ceiling glass which frames captivating views of the fruit trees in the garden below and the Hambledon Valley beyond.
In total, the homes offers four bedrooms, all of which are perched on the second level and can be accessed via a striking spiral staircase. The principal suite features a spacious walk-in closet and connected bath. The other three bedrooms can be found down the hall along with a shared family bathroom. Keep scrolling to see inside more of the residence, currently listed for £1,195,000.
The Tapp House located in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire is currently listed for £1,195,000 (approximately $1,606,800) by The Modern House.
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