Expansive luxury home
To transform a 1960s bungalow into a large, luxury contemporary home. Occupying an attractive but sloping woodland site in the AONB overlooking Cheltenham, it was important to maximise the far-reaching views.
The plot itself was fantastic, with huge potential however the existing bungalow was quite modest and not in the best position on the site. Whilst we had a large plot to play with, securing planning consent for a more extensive contemporary property in this Area of Outstanding National Beauty required a creative approach.
After discussions with our client, we agreed it would be better to replace the existing building and create a design to suit them, which would also mean a significant VAT saving. We initially demonstrated to local planning officers how the original property could be extended through permitted development, before mooting the idea of a more sensitively designed house, rebuilt in a better position with less impact on the surrounding environment.
The scheme was recently nominated for an LABC South West award. Working with the natural landscape, the final design is a series of three stepped forms which overlap and cut into the hillside, providing fantastic views from many of the rooms and a series of large terraces for them to spill out into the garden.
The property’s living space was carefully arranged to take full advantage of its stunning position. The kitchen and living space was designed around a central courtyard which houses a pool and outdoor space perfect for entertaining and enjoying with friends and family. Spread across the upper and lower levels are six bedrooms all with en-suites, plus a gym, cinema and a wine cellar. A green sedum roof and the combination of Cotswold stone, timber cladding and render help blend the building into its natural surroundings.
“We knew in our heads what we wanted the house to look like, but the final designs blew us away. They’d really listened to our brief and created something way beyond our expectations.”