Michael Jones Architects were initially appointed in May 2015 to obtain planning permission to demolish an existing detached 1930s property and replace it with a new detached five bedroom house with basement. The process was carried out in collaboration with a local contractor, 4C Developments, already chosen by the client. The clients’ brief was for us to design a new-build home for them offering a modern lifestyle, with integrated modern technology, but possessing some of the desirable features found in traditional properties.
Planning permission was successfully achieved following a collaborative design process which involved Michael Jones Architects, the client, and the chosen contractor. During this process various options for the site were explored and a scheme that best suited the clients’ needs was developed.
At ground floor level the final design incorporates a generous double height entrance area flanked by a boot room and study at the front of the house. A large open plan kitchen, dining and living space with contemporary glazing overlooks the rear garden. The main space in the basement is designed with entertaining in mind, a basement courtyard to the rear provides natural light into this space, and direct access from the basement courtyard to the rear garden is provided via a spiral staircase. The first and second floors provide the bedrooms, including a large master suite to the rear incorporating a generous en-suite bathroom and walk-in-wardrobe.
To keep the carbon footprint of the new house to a minimum its insulation exceeds the requirements of the current building regulations, and the scheme includes the use of renewable technology in the form of an air source heat pump and photovoltaic panels on the roof. Once planning permission had been secured construction began, led by the main contractor. Michael Jones Architects were retained as consultants to enable the contractor to deliver the scheme as originally envisaged, and ensure all planning and building regulation requirements were met. We were also on hand to support to the contractor, assisting with detail design issues where required during the construction process.
The client moved into their new property in November 2017.