Scotland Hill (Remodel)
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This unattractive 1960’s red brick chalet bungalow is located on a restricted plot on a typical suburban street, with distant views to the front as a result of the properties elevated position from the road. The plot is narrow and the existing bungalow fills most of its width. The neighbouring properties consist of a mixture of 2 storey houses and single storey bungalows similar in design.
The site has limitations due to the close proximity to the neighbouring properties and side boundaries and therefore any development would need to be sympathetic to the neighbours amenity in terms of overlooking and overbearing. The addition of a flat roof second storey ensures that the overall height is not increased significantly avoiding harmful impact. Creating and offset first floor structure helps to move mass and bulk away from the boundaries which helps preserve suitable space separation between the properties.
The entrance to the property has been relocated to the front right (previously front left) removing the need for steep external stairs and creating a split level arrangement. These few steps lead up to an open plan lounge which benefits from aspect out over the distant landscape views. The open plan kitchen, dining and snug are all positioned along the rear elevation where aspect over private rear amenity space is available, as well as the opportunity to break out directly onto a terrace for alfresco dining. This also provides a better connection and flow from inside to out. Other rooms on this floor include utility and boot room which do not require the high levels of natural light and are therefore positioned towards the centre of the plan form. The stairs are also located in the middle of the plan with a large side facing feature window with external brise soleil allowing natural light into the centre of the plan form whilst maintaining privacy to both the occupants and neighbours.
With the creation of the new lightweight timber frame sitting offset from the first floor, 4 good sized bedrooms (2 en-suites) are able to be created with a family bathroom serving bedrooms 3 & 4. A large open gallery landing is in the heart of the plan which results in the 4 bedrooms all benefiting from primary fenestration either overlooking the rear private amenity space or to the front over distant views on offer. The master bedroom & bedroom 2 overlook the rear garden benefit from an inset terrace which allows the users to break out and enjoys the views over the rear amenity. The inset also results in creating an overhang providing shading of the glass in summer months, but allowing solar gain in the winter when the sun is lower in the sky.
The existing building consists of rather dull red brick under interlocking concrete tiles. The proposed breaks up the mass and bulk of the building using a mixture of materials ranging from clean crisp white acrylic render to contemporary style brick slips that will be clad over the existing structure in order to give a complete new exterior. Small areas of timber cladding give some warmth and keeping maintenance to a minimum.
The existing chalet bungalow has undergone a complete transformation whilst retaining a significant amount of existing structure helping to make the most of the budget and creating good quality usable spaces. The public realm has been enhanced significantly providing a building of architectural merit with an individually designed contemporary dwelling which takes full potential of the site as a whole. An overall increase in floor space now brings the property to 198m² with addition of the first floor. The positioning and balancing of the fenestration ensures that high amounts of natural light is maximised in each room to reflect its use throughout the day whilst respecting privacy to the occupiers and surrounding neighbours.