Our brief was to design a new build, contemporary retirement property on a site which is currently part of a generous 4 bedroomed property that benefits from a mature garden, including listed trees and well established planting.
The site designated for the new development is a 10m wide strip along the southern boundary and benefits from an existing access.Early stage 3D modelling highlighted three key amenity areas with optimum light throughout the day and the seasons. The building design concept was then developed to provide hard edges to avoid impact on neighbours and soft edges to connect the key areas with internal views across the whole site. The building footprint has been shaped to avoid the tree root protection zones and feature planting. A constant supply of natural light further defined the position and proportions of the windows and the roofline.
The interior layout takes on board the principles of the Lifetime Homes Standard to ensure full level access on the ground floor and an owner/guest or carer bedroom suite on the first floor. Partially prefabricated with insulated timber panels and predominately clad in fibre cement slate tiles, the building will be highly energy efficient and require minimal maintenance.