The suburban ideal is not a popular preoccupation among architects, who prefer the romantic notion of the dense bustling city or the ‘in touch with nature’ of true countryside. We are of course generalising somewhat but the tendency is clear. Depending on the ‘architecture’ the plan could be made to seem urban or suburban. Here we have positively chosen to enjoy the suburban ideal and to accept architectural dilemmas it entails. The project presents the house as a familiar image constructed from familiar materials. The rural collective space becomes the organising principle were houses and outbuildings such as garages and stores are arranged in short terraces around semi-private yard-like spaces that in turn lead onto an informal garden.