One-off House, Thurcaston, Leicestershire

Year: 2009 – 2011

Status: completed

Project Type: Full Architectural Service – Site redevelopment

Cost: undisclosed

A new build residential house for a retired couple on a narrow site previously occupied by a bungalow. The design encompassed on the principles to provide different effects of natural light to the interior spaces whilst capturing the stunning garden and countryside views to the rear and beyond. Externally, the materials chosen for the structure reflect and harmonize with the surrounding building fabric – red facing bricks for walls and clay tiles finish on the roof – traditional materials used in established settlement. Internally, roof lights and large irregular shaped patio doors are used in the vaulted kitchen / diner area with exposed timber trusses and purlins to maximize the view to the garden, as well as to create different shadowing effects throughout the day. Again, the principal stairwell is top lit with roof lights. Corner windows are used in all of the other habitable rooms to maximize penetration of daylight and widen the vista from each of the rooms. The balcony railing off the principle bedroom is constructed in stainless steel and glass, again to enable the occupant to enjoy the view of the garden from the bedroom with minimum obstructions.

 

Energy efficiency is also high on the design agenda. Solar thermal panels are installed to the roof to provide hot water for the property. A rainwater harvesting tank is installed to provide water for all the toilets as well as gardening purpose. The property is super insulated to ensure heat lost through building fabric is minimized. The internal layout is also designed with the concept of life-time homes to ensure the occupants could still reside at this property should there be any change to their personal circumstance (i.e. provision for ground floor bedroom and showering facilities, wheelchair compliance door, level access thresholds, etc)

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