BESPOKE TIMBER FRAME BUILDING DESIGN
There will always be constraints to take into account, wherever the plot. However, it's through challenging these constraints whilst looking to achieve all of the aims set out in the project brief, that the timber house design develops and becomes a reality. Because of their great affection for their current home, the principal concern for the clients was that the new building did not compromise the surrounding area. The design needed to be sympathetic to all of its neighbours, built using similarly textured and mellow materials that matched the local vernacular houses, enabling the building to blend into its setting. The principal concerns for the local authority, and The Environment Agency in particular, was to set the new building high enough to prevent any potential risk of flooding during the most extreme flood events likely in the future.
Only through this type of site visit and detailed conversation, is it really possible to fully appreciate all of the issues. Armed with all of the visual and written information, a truly bespoke design can begin to develop. The more complete the information gleaned at this initial meeting, the more likely to achieve a satisfactory design early on in the process - and I am happy to say that is what happened with this project. With only a few minor alterations between the initial sketches and the finished drawings, the planning application was soon ready to submit. Having dealt with the critical issues raised by the local authority, which had all been flagged up early on in pre-application negotiations, the application was approved without alteration.