Contemporary replacement dwelling in Macclesfield (Cheshire East) located within open countryside.
Located on an elevated complex site, the existing dwelling provided a modest dwelling with fantastic panoramic views over open countryside, despite having very limited external garden space.
The initial brief sought to create a family home which was light, bright, and spacious with fantastic views over the open countryside, to try and improve vehicular and pedestrian access, and to maximise the external amenity space. Internally the brief sought to create a house that would be flexible to meet the needs of the occupants both now and in the future. The applicants have late teenage children and it is anticipated that once they leave home, the requirements for the house would change. An internal layout has therefore been configured to provide a flexible space that can function as a home for a professional couple, although can be opened out at family occasions and when more space is required.
The ground floor space is therefore designed to work as one large space but with the ability to reduce the space by the introduction of large sliding screens. These screens were preferred in place of doors as they can be discreetly hidden from view when open and have the appearance of walls when closed.
he configuration of the main living space, with its high ceilings and good proportions creates the heart of the house and tries to blur the boundaries between inside and outside. Doors are located to the side elevation for two reasons; firstly to give a more sheltered external space and secondly to separate the more private external space from the main entrance.
Whilst the high ceilings and good proportions are appropriate for the main living space, it was felt that this wasn’t generally appropriate for the kitchen area. As such a lower ceiling has been introduced to allow for a more traditional kitchen layout and proportion, which facilitates a small mezzanine space over the kitchen area. Due to the lack of private amenity space on the site generally, a flat roof over the single storey living and dining space afforded the creation of a terrace area, accessed from the mezzanine space.
Two small bedrooms and the main bathroom are incorporated into the ground floor; this reflects the layout of the existing dwelling. These rooms are located in a separate section of the dwelling and when not needed can be closed off.
The master bedroom space, is accessed via a staircase from the entrance area, with this area acting as a linking device between the two main masses of the dwelling. The entrance space will have the appearance of a double height space and provide a link access to the Master Bedroom and mezzanine space. The bedroom is arranged and designed to be a self contained space, which when the applicants children or guests stay, remains a private sanctuary.
Externally the brief sought to increase the useable amenity space of what is a tight and difficult site. The best orientation and views are to the front sides of the site and therefore careful consideration was required to incorporate these requirements whilst balancing the openness and the needs of private amenity space.