A contemporary house of great individuality:
This house, whilst having a striking external appearance has also been designed to function extremely well as a home, with good separation between the social living spaces and the more private bedrooms. The stair from ground floor to first has been carefully arranged to unite the two spaces, rather than to divide them.
The design was created for a discerning client who wanted to create a new home that expressed a strong desire for contemporary design. In common with other such projects our initial discussions centred around three linked but separate areas:
- A schedule of necessary spaces, with a wish list for those that are desirable but not essential,
- An understanding of how the house is to be occupied and used, whether it should be open plan, or cellular, a place for gregarious socialising or for for quiet contemplative living, a mixture of the two, or something in between, where the balance between openness and privacy lies, and so on.
- Finally a discussion about style and aesthetics.
For many people some of these questions are difficult to answer. It may be that they have spent so many years adapting their life to suit a house that they could afford, was in the right place, or was simply the nearest that they could find to what they actually wanted. When building for yourself you have the choice to shape your home to your own preferences and the lifestyle that suits you best, whether that is expansive or more modest. In some cases the external appearance, certainly of the front, will be subject to long discussions with Planning Officers, whose taste may not align with your own.