After our client purchased the plot of land which already had outline planning permission for the replacement of an existing bungalow, our complicated brief was to allow for three generations of family members. Two self-contained dwellings within the one building were required.
The total area of the build was restricted to only one and a half times that of the original building. Our aim was to provide contemporary accommodation using renewable energy technologies within a strict budget.
Working with the clients and planners, a solution was achieved which was sympathetic to the rural setting. A ‘T’ shape plan was utilised to break up the form and provide privacy. An amount of sub-basement accommodation was included, despite tricky ground conditions, to appease client requirements whilst adhering to planning constraints.
The ecological aspects of the building were addressed by specifying sustainable construction materials, amounts of insulation and solar gain technologies alongside a ground source heat pump to fuel the underfloor heating.
Our client wished to self-manage the project and we were able to provide valuable guidance to make this possible.