Main Street, Newton Solney

Main Street, Newton Solney

The Brief
bi Design were approached by the client on the back of an unsuccessful application by a separate company for a replacement dwelling. The existing house is an attractive historic property within Newton Solney’s conservation area. Bi Designs brief was to retain the existing house but create a unique design which created fantastic contemporary spaces whilst respecting the conservation area. The existing house already had a large garage which had permission to be demolished and replaced with a new dwelling which could be incorporated into the scheme.

Our solution
There were three key design considerations when preparing initial conceptual designs. To maintain the historic frontage and ensure it was retained as the dominant frontage. Utilise the footprint of the existing garage and space in front to meet the clients garaging demands and to add a large extension to the rear so that it couldn’t be seen from the frontage.

The outcome
Replicating the existing subservient left-hand side two storey side extension on the right-hand side maintained the attractive frontage and created a symmetrical frontage through the front door. The new triple garage was extended to the front with varying ridge lines to give the appearance of a traditional coach house. The main double garage has a higher ridge height to allow for the car lifts to extend into the roof space doubling the number of parking spaces. To the rear is a large two storey extension which replicates the form and proportions of the main body of the house with contemporary glazing. Subservient to the main two storey block is a single storey area which links the garage to the large extension with a range of vaulted pitched roofs. To maximise floor area without forming complex valleys and roof structures an inner courtyard was created which helps provide dual aspect to more spaces. bi Design successfully negotiated the planning process to obtain planning permission by closely working alongside planning consultants JMI planning, the planning officer and conservation officer from South Derbyshire District Council.