A computer generated image showing three new, modern homes with fully glazed gable ends, located in a verdant landscape of grass, trees and vivacious planting, with the interiors of the homes lit to show how they might appear at night.

Modern Country Living…

A computer generated image showing three new, modern homes with fully glazed gable ends, located in a verdant landscape of grass, trees and vivacious planting, with the interiors of the homes lit to show how they might appear at night.

John McCart Architect has submitted a planning application for the construction of three new homes in an area of outstanding natural beauty, utilising a modular prefabricated system to provide homes with space standards not regularly seen in new homes in the United Kingdom.

A computer generated image showing three new, modern homes with fully glazed gable ends, located in a verdant landscape of grass, trees and vivacious planting.

The location of the site demanded a landscape driven approach which was supported by a study of the urban grain of the village in which the new homes will be located. The figure ground image below illustrates how the three new homes, shaded in purple, nestle in amongst other homes on the eastern fringe of the village. The image above shows new trees alongside existing mature trees, with one particular oak tree presented as a feature adjacent to the entrance to the site and the new homes sited in a verdant landscape.

A figure ground, or a plan showing only the plan view of the buildings in the village, with the proposed new homes shown shaded in purple, intended to illustrate how the new homes will nestle into the village

The homes are formed in structural insulated panels clad in a profiled metal sheet, intended to reference the pitch painted rural buildings in the area. Structural support is provided by a steel frame which allows the internal walls to be configured in an arrangement to suit prospective purchasers. As a result, future modifications, to further open up or sub-divide the interior are easy. The plans below show the arrangement of the four bed, seven person homes at ground and first floors. The main spaces- living and dining, kitchen, study and bedrooms are all generous in size and exceed, in every instance and by a healthy margin, the minimum room sizes prescribed in current planning guidance.

A computer drawing showing the plan of the ground and first floors of the new homes, illustrating the open plan nature of the house and the spacious nature of the rooms

The main feature, a triple height living space adjacent to the triple glazed gable end, is a product of the prefabricated system and is one which is deployed to maximum effect on the site as the living space will benefit from long views across the countryside. Hardwood louvres have been incorporated into the external design to prevent solar energy over heating the interior. On the more technical side, the levels of insulation are greater than that required by the building regulations in force at the time of submission and photovoltaic panels, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, ground source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and the application of ‘PassiveHouse’ standards are all planned to be employed in the finished homes.

A computer generated image showing the modern home, clad in anthracite profile metal cladding with hardwood panels and a fully glazed gable end, also showing how the new home is sited on a patio of resin bound gravel, alongside a silver birch tree and lilac feature planting bed.

If you have any comments or queries or would like to know more about how a prefabricated solution might work on your site, please do get in touch.

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