There's a tipping point at which it starts to make sense to rebuild a house from the ground up. It affords you an opportunity to design new spaces without compromise; to better exploit the attributes of the plot; to use materials that perform much better; to build basements more easily; and it can be both quicker and cheaper (strangely the government incentivises it by reimbursing the VAT). Nevertheless, it's a big step and requires a robust client.
This project sits in a prime spot, occupying a wide plot overlooking a protected parkland, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to design a new house tailored to the site and client. The streetscene is varied, comprising a range of twentieth century styles. Our design took it's cues from the Arts and Crafts movement, which was arguably the precursor to Modernism. It allowed us to make a building with a contemporary layout using materials that suit the locality, with scope to update the detailing to a more crisp and contemporary form.
Planning Consent was granted in 2016