London Road Harston
By the time our client approached us, most people around them had already gained planning permission and built substantial properties in their back gardens. Our primary challenge was therefore not to establish the principle of development, but to appropriately design a substantial family house with integral garage on a site which is narrower than most of the other surrounding plots, paying due regard to neighbour amenity.
Our client’s main aim was to create a substantial 5 bedroom home with a triple garage that was joined to the main house, and a dramatic entrance hall. Being a north facing garden, capturing natural light in all of the main living spaces was also of great importance. Among the other requirements were a home gym, office and cinema room.
Key Challenges and Successes
- Accommodated a large house with adjoining triple garage within a narrow site.
- Energy rating B achieved with air tightness of 3.0m3/m2.
- Despite narrow site, high-level glazing under floating flat roof captures natural light throughout the day.
Concept Designs, securing planning permission, discharge of planning conditions, obtaining building regulations, production of working drawing package, through to monitoring build quality, providing architectural certificates through to completion on site.
Our early design concepts centred around defining the entrance to the dwelling and creating a double height space to create the dramatic effect our client wanted to achieve. Due to the narrowness of the plot it seemed important to create a low eaves line along the east and west boundaries to prevent overbearing and overshadowing.
It was important to keep the overall height of the building in line with its neighbours. We therefore adopted a flat roof on the middle section of the building. A ribbon of frameless glazing below makes the roof appear to float at night when the internal lights are on.
Gary Johns Architects were involved throughout the project from start to completion. Working alongside the main contractor, Ley Construction, a high level of finish was achieved.
The building achieved an air tightness of 3.0m3/m2, and a whole house ventilation system with heat recovery was adopted. The energy rating of the building is B.