Tim and Sue Ball’s house seems to hug the hill that it is not so much built upon, but into. While only one storey rises above the highest point of ground, Tim, an architect, cut away the earth on one side to build down into it, creating a lower floor within the building and a series of terraces and decks outside. The couple found the land in July 2006 and with impressive efficiency, had moved in by December the following year.


TEST Sue loves to cook and entertain in the generously sized kitchen

Sue loves to cook and entertain in the generously sized kitchen

TEST Through the use of clean, simple lines, the kitchen naturally flows into the dining area

Through the use of clean, simple lines, the kitchen naturally flows into the dining area

TEST In the winter, a Handöl woodburning stove from Sweden warms the sitting room while windows with few visible supports maximise the view

In the winter, a Handöl woodburning stove from Sweden warms the sitting room while windows with few visible supports maximise the view

TEST The impressive entrance hall

The impressive entrance hall

TEST Sue’s office

Sue’s office

TEST The master bedroom en suite

The master bedroom en suite

TEST The steel and glass staircase leads down to a large open space that sometimes serves as a table tennis court

The steel and glass staircase leads down to a large open space that sometimes serves as a table tennis court

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TEST The music room is used as a home cinema, but its main function is as a rehearsal and recording studio for Tim to play guitar and for the couple’s ten year old son to practise his jazz piano

The music room is used as a home cinema, but its main function is as a rehearsal and recording studio for Tim to play guitar and for the couple’s ten year old son to practise his jazz piano

TEST Tim and Sue’s son’s bedroom. From here he and his friends can go outside to the decks, garden and swimming pool

Tim and Sue’s son’s bedroom. From here he and his friends can go outside to the decks, garden and swimming pool

TEST The colourful bathroom

The colourful bathroom

TEST The pool area boasts a fantastic outdoor kitchen and dining area

The pool area boasts a fantastic outdoor kitchen and dining area

TEST The pond, complete with floating duck canopy, constructed by Tim with the help of his son

The pond, complete with floating duck canopy, constructed by Tim with the help of his son

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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