We were commissioned by our clients as Architects to design and project manage, from start to finish, the construction of two bespoke designed detached houses with a double garage. It was important that the houses allowed natural daylight into the interiors, that they were spacious, airy and open-plan on the ground floors, were constructed to a high standard and that they incorporated sustainable energy systems to make them efficient to run.
The houses were constructed of a range of materials including: brick, blockwork with applied render, natural cedar cladding and tile.
Solar collectors were installed to both houses as part of the hot water system and natural daylight floods the interior from the double-height hall area.
We see the rear of one of the houses under construction and then completed with the timber, sliding/folding doors and feature windows stained white. All timber used throughout the construction was sourced from FSC Approved, sustainable sources – we specify Forest Stewardship Council certified timber on all of our projects.
The ground floor areas of both houses have ‘wet’ underfloor heating systems laid on floor insulation and covered with screed.
We produced the Specifications for the work and managed a competitive tender process to a number of contractors/builders. The winning contractor entered into a building Contract with the clients which we administered as Architects for the project.
The images posted here illustrate the cedar boarding which was sealed to prevent its natural discoloration to grey which our clients’ wished to avoid and, the staircase feature window.
Interior spaces were finished with laminate flooring and decorations also formed part of the contract which we managed.
The project was managed successfully and finished to programme and budget – our clients were delighted with the result with one of the houses becoming their home.