The volume and ground floor footprint limit on the site equated to a 3-bedroom bungalow with a pitched roof. However the clients wanted to create a contemporary forever home with wow-factor, more accommodation, privacy and architectural merit. They also didn’t want to feel like they lived in a ‘bungalow’.
The proposal utilised the available volume, however redistributed to maximise accommodation. To achieve this, the orientation was designed to utilise the existing sloping site and creating 2-storeys without exceeding the height limit.
The property was designed as an ‘upside-down house’ with the primary living spaces and master bedroom located on the upper level, with the secondary bedrooms and service spaces located on the lower level.
The sloping site allowed both floors to benefit from direct access to the rear garden, countryside views to the rear, and as the master suite is positioned at an elevated level, you maintain the privacy you would experience in a typical 2-storey house.