Park Lea, Ticknall

Our client approached bi Design to design a replacement house on an open plot of land on the outskirts of Ticknall. The existing property was a small two-bedroom bungalow and the client wanted a large five-bedroom house with a large garage.

The client’s brief didn’t fall into South Derbyshire District Councils’ planning policy as the replacement dwelling would be considerably larger than the existing one. The client also wanted a traditional South Derbyshire-style building.

We have worked on many bespoke houses so our past experience with replacement dwellings meant we were confident we could work with the planning officers and get planning for the house. A major consideration of the design was the open frontage to the site making it very visible from a public vantage point.

To create a south Derbyshire building we worked to traditional proportions of building plate widths and lengths to create the main structure and the idea behind the design was to demonstrate a cottage that had been extensively extended over a period of time and linked to a barn conversion. To create the effect of the different extensions we integrated different materials including local stone, brick, oak frames with rendered infill’s. We worked closely with the planning officer to ensure we could gain approval and we obtained planning approval on behalf of our client for a fabulous large detached property offering all the accommodation they wanted and more whilst keeping traditional proportions and detailing.

The removal of the conifers from the site boundary has opened up the site and as the building work progresses the house will create a real design statement to people passing between Ticknall and Melbourne.