Two storey, 4 Bedroom replacement dwelling within Open Countryside and Green Belt Adjacent to Conservation Area; Parbold, Lancashire
We developed our proposals taking reference from all of the surrounding properties including the two storey aspects, gable fronts etc.
The concept for the dwelling was informed by the traditional building forms within the villages and rural areas of West Lancashire, where generally simple forms and massing prevail, simple, single dual pitched roof forms over two storey elements.
The nature of a narrow but deep plan form restricts activity to the side elevations, which in the existing dwelling limits to only one side as the relationship to the side boundary prevents meaningful access to the easterly side elevation.
The consequence of this is, that there is no obvious “front” to the house and in reality the side becomes the main public front. The existing dwelling suffers from a blurring of the public and private spaces with the private amenity space directly linked to the access and public front.
The proposed dwelling aims to address these issues, whilst retaining the concept of the narrow but deep plan and maximising the solar orientation and views out of the site, which are all towards the public front of the site. This is achieved by creating a series of single storey projections, to allow views and access towards the front and rear.
The proposed integral garage and front door are located to the easterly side of the dwelling which completely removes any public access to the private side of the dwelling, creating a better private amenity space for the occupants.
These single storey additions are intended to be viewed as subservient to the main form and represent a contemporary take on the traditional outbuildings and lean-to structures, whilst helping to add visual interest, whilst retaining an overall sense of proportion.
The scheme was further developed, to reinforce the simple first floor form, by creating the visual appearance of a single form independent of the base blocks. This is reinforced by a series of overhangs of the first floor section. The design has a different eaves height on the easterly elevation to reflect the arrangement and location of the neighbouring property.