Tatsfield, Westerham

The Wood House is the home of Allies and Morrison Partner Jason Syrett and his family, located on a one acre woodland plot in the North Downs, Surrey. A new build house, it consists of two rectangular volumes; a brick lower level fronted by a south facing garden and a rotated timber clad upper level looking west across the valley.

Timber components and detailing form a part of the overall composition, adding texture and visual interest throughout. These elements include: a bridge spanning from the sloping landscape to the upper living space, a cantilevered balcony to the west that looks out over the garden, detailed panels, a curved bicycle shed, and an integrated linear bench.

Inside, the layout is arranged upside-down, with the living spaces located east/west on the upper floor to maximise views out to the gardens, whilst the bedrooms are set below, arranged on the shaded, north/south axis. A light and airy double-height space connects the main upper level living spaces with the ground floor, and is used by the family as a family/play room and second garden-level entrance to the property.

Sustainability was integral to the design. The house follows Passivhaus principles resulting in significant energy reductions. The building is heavily insulated with recycled newspaper pumped insulation and triple glazing, and is ventilated with an MVHR system that recovers heat from exhausted air and recycles it to reheat fresh air taken from outside. The ground floor wing has a sedum planted green roof whilst the upper level has solar panels and rainwater harvesting for non-potable water use in the house and garden. Ecologically sensitive and well-crafted, The Wood House is a modern house with a softer side – a warm and inviting place for a family to call home.


Allies and Morrison
Ling and sons
Structural engineer
Narvik Design
Timber frame engineer
Cullen Timber Design
MVHR design
Touchwood Homes


227 sqm GIA
Westerham TN16