This new build residence in Solihull was designed to replace a rather dated previous construction which no longer served the family’s needs. After the inital design was rejected for being too large and out of scale with the rest of the street, Lapworth Architects were brought onto the project with a brief to replace and enlarge the existing building.
Much of the original architecture on the street dated from the late 1960s/1970s and many of the neighbouring houses had been extended in different styles with often incoherent results. In order to avoid a ‘patchwork’ approach and to improve the house’s overall energy efficiency, we opted for a completely new build residential design rather trying to optimise and extend the existing house.
As the house was on a ‘gateway site’ at the entrance to the street, a new build residence with a coherent design was more appropriate than the piecemeal extensions seen along the street. This corner site on two streets also allowed us to enlarge the house, providing the elevation onto the street was appropriately scaled – this had been an issue previously and led to our applications being turned own.
With this in mind, the architects retained the main gable with brick and render decorations at the front to match the frontage of the other houses on this leafy surburban street, and carefully designed this feature to avoid clashing with the mature trees on the plot.
The windows echoed the horizontal designs common to architecture of the time, and also opened the living accommodation up to the rear gardens downstairs. Open plan living was important to our clients, and all the spaces were designed with this in mind to create clearly-defined, but flexible areas that could be adapted if and when their lifestyle changed.
This kind of executive architecture is one of our specialities at Lapworth Architects, so if you have a new build residential project for a family home in the Solihull or Sutton Coldfield area, or indeed anywhere in the West Midlands, get in touch above and find out how we can help you.