Wick Lane (Remodel)
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This 1980’s 3 bedroom chalet bungalow is located on a prominent plot with stunning scenery over the adjacent coastal edge and adjacent parkland.
The current property is situated on a triangular plot with a north facing rear garden and south facing front elevation. This results in the most desirable spaces to break out from being in the direct eye of the public realm. Careful planning of the internal layout can help maximise the most of the primary spaces whilst respecting the immediate surrounding environment. The current floor plan has a modest footprint of 175m²; however the existing arrangement does not make the most efficient use of the available space with room sizes not appropriately reflecting their use, and a large proportion of the first floor having limited head room.
Due to the limited space on the site given the triangular plot, and the limited head room on the first floor, the most appropriate area for development is to increase the level of first floor accommodation whilst respecting the neighbouring amenity spaces, with small extensions to the ground floor, reducing the need for costly ground works. Removal of the existing roof is essential in order to allow for the first floor to generate the accommodation required whilst creating an even balance to the site and surrounding street scene. The simple roof form allows for overhangs to the front elevation which will help during the summer to regulate the solar gain on the south facing facade.
The high level of architectural finish continues as you step inside with views straight down the entrance hall and continuing out onto the rear private amenity. The large central glazed staircase relocated to the rear of the property and the central void allows for natural light to penetrate into the heart of the plan form and make the circulation to feel light and open. From the entrance hall there is access to all 5 double bedrooms with a family bathroom serving bedrooms 3, 4, 5. The master bedroom comprises of a walk in dressing area and separate en-suite while the bedroom overlooks the rear amenity space. To the rear there is access out onto the private rear amenity space which includes terraced areas and external seating areas for the occupants to enjoy.
As you step arrive at the first floor the views over the rear amenity are retained before accessing the primary living space which enjoy aspect over the coastal views. One of the main challenges was to get the balance in the levels of fenestration to the front, as this elevation is not only south facing and benefits from the breath-taking views but also faces the public realm. It was essential to retain a sense of privacy to these primary internal spaces whilst making the most of the sites potential. Two separate external terraced areas are available to the occupants; the first to the front overlooks the sea but is exposed to the public realm whilst the terrace from the kitchen offers an increased sense of privacy, whilst making the most of the evening sun suitable for evening entertainment and BBQ’s. Additional living spaces are located to the side elevations which again offer privacy to the occupants whilst allowing them to appreciate views over the adjacent parkland. The arrangement of rooms is sympathetic to the neighbouring properties ensuring there is no harmful whilst maximising every aspect the site has to offer.
The existing chalet bungalow has been completely transformed into a contemporary 5 bedroom family home which creates a positive contribution to the public realm. The reversal of the living and bedrooms spaces result in each room taking full advantage of the plots prominent location and awe-inspiring aspect. An overall modest increase in floor space has been added with the finished dwelling comprising of just 205m² over the two floors, but the arrangement of the rooms now promotes better use of not only the internal but also the external spaces. The careful balance of the fenestration combined with the need to maximise the sites potential results in a contemporary dwelling with high architectural merit that can accommodate the current and future needs of occupants for generations to come.