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.
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.
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.
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.
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.