Irvine Jones Design were approached be a builder/developer in 2018 and asked to provide design, planning and technical design services for a new dwelling in the rear garden of an existing property in Caldecote, Cambridgeshire.
Planning permission was approved in late 2018 for a sizeable 2,400 sgft GIA. 4 bedroom dwelling. This exploited to the sites potential to its maximum and provided a spacious & contemporary, chalet styled house with a large rear garden.
The dwelling itself is two faced. At the front, with the elevation partially visible from the road, reflects the local character with low eaves height, plane & un-fussy, understated visual aspect, looking more like a bungalow than a house. The rear, however, is very different with large amounts of glazing to both floors with fully opening bi-fold doors to both living spaces and bedrooms.
The two rooms at the front of the property, kitchen & fourth bedroom, benefit from a vaulted light slot with roof window penetrations flooding the spaces with natural daylight. On the ground floor the dwelling additionally benefits from a large bathroom satisfying both an accessible toilet on the entrance level and a ground floor bathroom/bedroom for ageing inhabitants in line with lifetime home standards.
Environmentally, the house is highly insulated with a high B energy rating, far above required regulations standards and it also has a waste water heat recovery unit which further reduces its carbon emissions.