Replacement Dwelling, Bar Lane
bi Design were initially approached by the client to design large extensions and internally remodel their period cottage on Bar Lane, near Barton Under Needwood. The client’s brief was to significantly enlarge the cottage to create contemporary large living spaces, including a large open plan kitchen diner on the ground floor, and a luxurious master suite on the first floor. There was also a wish for an integrated double garage and carport.
The initial design solution was to extend and alter the property whilst maintaining the existing cottage frontage. However, after doing a detailed cost analysis a decision was made to adapt the design into a replacement dwelling. The reason being that VAT is not charged on new build properties, this 20% saving on the total build cost including fittings, swung the balance towards the new build.
When adapting the design to a replacement dwelling the client was keen to preserve the look of the existing cottage, we decided it would work well to replicate the cottage style, but as a new substantial country house.
We worked closely alongside CT Planning who submitted the scheme to help ensure a successful outcome for the application. As part of this process, a certificate of lawfulness was approved, which confirmed additional floor area we could utilise in the design, utilising the client’s permitted development rights. Planning permission was granted for a large detached property.
The design itself creates a traditional property with light airy spaces, with good links to the garden, high ceilings, and large amounts of glass. Computer-generated images (CGI) were used to help the client visualise the completed building. Cgi is something we use a lot as a powerful tool, to help our clients be certain that the design once built, will result in achieving their desired outcomes. As building work represents a significant investment it is really important to be 100% happy with what you will get.