The modern architect-designed rectory in North Street, Crewkerne, is a far cry from the 1860s built property in the suburbs of New York – although they are a similar size.

The Crewkerne project, overseen by Greenslade Taylor Hunt architect Nick Ratcliff RIBA, was completed in less than nine months and within budget.

“We love living in the house,” said Rev Huntley, who has moved in with his wife and two boys.

Reverend Huntley is delighted with the design of the building, which gives him a defined working space and entrance away from the family part of the building. The workspace is on a mezzanine level.

The rear of the property, which is occupied by the Huntley family, enjoys views across to fields.

Nick Ratcliff adhered closely to the “green guide” a Church of England document aimed at ensuring new build rectories embrace high standards of design and building performance.

“The design makes the most of the location,” said Rev Huntley, who expects to be in the parish for the long term.

The land was bequeathed to the Crewkerne Parochial Church Council under the will of the previous owner. The Diocese of Bath and Wells bought the site with the aim of building a new rectory.