Located in an affluent area on the northern edge of Greater London close to the Greenbelt this replacement dwelling scheme proposed a 100% increase in floor area to the existing house and re-orientated it to sit centrally on the plot and take full advantage of the views and garden to the rear. Creating a darker palette of materials means that the larger building mass is subtle to its leafy and semi-urban environment. The use of more traditional materials of brick, timber frames (aluminium capped) windows with pitched roofs mean that the proposals sit comfortably in their surroundings of similarly formed dwellings. The spark of simple design details, large open plan spaces and generosity to brickwork and glazing provides a holistic solution which responds well to the area.
Low energy lighting, rainwater harvesting, capacity for future fit solar panels along with increased specification to insulation to the entire external envelope ensure a long-term saving on energy and water consumption. The maximisation of efficiency of the plan to provide generous circulation spaces with a double height entrance area and long-reaching view through to the rear garden from the entrance, along with large proportioned living and bedroom accommodation with useful large bedroom accommodation in the high raking rooflines means that the house provides some 600m2 of accommodation over 3 levels.
External landscaping, providing level access to the building, external lighting and a careful mixture of hard and soft landscaping with well-considered planting mean that the overall solution is fully integrated and resolved.