The cottage style design with its solid, bespoke oak porch, solid oak doors and arched window heads gives it a very homely appeal.
Planning was very concerned with the visual impact the new development might have and the need for it to be appropriate to its rural surroundings.
The clients wanted to downsize from their large, two storey Edwardian property to a smaller new build in their garden but without demolishing their original home.
When the clients contacted us, they already had very clear ideas about the house design and level of energy efficiency they wanted to achieve for their 4 bed 2,800 sqft family home. They were looking for a contemporary, sleek design that was as energy efficient as possible.
From the outset of this challenging self-build project, the client had very clear ideas of the look they wanted to achieve. The design incorporated a load-bearing, vaulted oak ceiling in the master bedroom, resulting in the build being a combination of brick and block and load bearing timber frame.
When discussing the design of their new home the clients were understandably eager to make the most of the beautiful views. The solution was to move all living areas to the first and all bedrooms to the ground floor. In order to maximise on the views, we introduced a spacious balcony that is accessible from the lounge, kitchen and hall – now a favourite place to sit, relax and enjoy the scenery.
We are particularly proud not only to have been nominated but also to have won the prestigious Federation of Masterbuilder’s (FMB) Master Builder of the Year award for the North West.
Because this agricultural dwelling was going to be build in the open countryside, the design, size and materials used were subject to strict planning and building regulations. Everything had to visually fit perfectly into its surroundings. By working closely with the planning authorities the best possible outcome was achieved for the client.