Development of 3 new build dwelling houses on a corner plot.
New Build Dwelling Houses
With Britain’s long-running housing crisis, it’s a real shame to leave any stretch of land underused. Where others saw an uninspiring patch of garden space, our developer client saw the potential to build exciting new houses in an area that desperately needs them. He wanted to demolish an existing dwelling house and build three new detached four-bedroom houses using the large side and rear garden. In order to make our client’s vision into a reality, we would have to deal with a number of tricky spatial limitations and intensify the land usage by designing in the maximum amount of housing. Yet it would also have to fit in with the density of the local streetscape and surrounding area. And we had to get permission to build near a covered river, all of which made the planning application process more complex than usual.
We’re all aware of the housing crisis we have throughout London and the UK, so it was essential to use the land efficiently and effectively while designing aesthetically pleasing and affordable homes. We had to ensure we complied with local planning authority policies by producing residential new build designs that were sympathetic to the look and feel of neighbouring houses. Backland development projects often present this kind of issue, so we knew we had to create solutions that would benefit both current and future residents.
New Build Houses
8 dwelling houses
If you have land available in the south of England, then building new housing on it can be highly profitable while helping society at the same time. But in order to secure planning permission for new build houses, you will need the help of excellent architects and planning experts who have done this kind of work many times before, so coming to a firm like Urbanist Architecture, which has both on our team, was a smart move by our client. We decided to rethink the plot entirely to maximise the space and accommodation potential while delivering what our client wished for. Instead of matching the orientation of the previous corner plot property, we pivoted the footprint of the houses to face the newly created parking area. We managed to create three-storey houses without interfering with the streetscape, meeting planning requirements and providing enough space for comfortable family living.
By using durable, high-quality materials, we elevated the finish standard of the houses and produced designs that matched the look of the neighbourhood. We used light-brown bricks to match the feel of surrounding homes, with similar style roofs that also provided third-storey living space. To add modern flair and cohesion, we used outset brickwork features and inset windows to create a sense of depth on the outer façades. The three contemporary family homes we designed complement the landscape, provide much-needed new accomodation in the area and generate significant income for our client. Which sounds like a win all round.
Urbanist Architecture is a London-based RIBA chartered architecture and planning practice with offices in Greenwich and Belgravia. We are on a mission to unlock the hidden potential of your site and deliver you a successful transformational change.