Replacement Dwelling, Yoxall Lodge, Scotch Hills
bi Design were approached by the client to look at replacing their dormer bungalow at Yoxall Lodge, with a bespoke large traditional style house, that both reflected the style of the adjacent converted barns and the vernacular of the local area.
bi Design already had past experience on the site, following the successful approval, and development of four adjacent barn conversions. The existing bungalow was very dated, and could not be economically remodelled to create the size and value of house, that this beautiful plot in open countryside with great views needed.
Due to the size and value of the exclusive barn conversions adjacent, it was essential that the replacement farmhouse was significantly larger than the dormer bungalow, to respect the history of the site and restore the hierarchy of buildings. The planning department had made it clear they weren’t prepared to accept a new estate-style property and they would only accept a high-quality design solution.
Our solution to providing a substantially larger house, which the planners would be happy to approve, was to look at creating a property, which appears to have had various extensions over an extended period. By using this method of design the overall bulk and scale appear much more in keeping.
Planning permission was granted for a large detached property of 6000sqft / 557m2. The house presents as a traditional brick-built farmhouse with different oak and stone extensions. The use of oak allowed for lots of glazing with a traditional design taking in the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside and bluebell woods.
The successful outcome of the application was enabled by bi designs past experiences of replacement dwellings in the surrounding area and having a good working relationship with East Staffordshire Borough Councils’ planning department.