An environmentally friendly detached family dwelling on Backland Site, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire
Achievements: Nominated by Trafford Council for LABC Building in Excellence Awards
Located in Timperley village, the site nestles behind a number of traditional semi-detached properties. The brief called for a fun, bright, contemporary family home, with good day-lighting, links to the garden, reduced bills and substantial storage. The result is a building of its time, designed by Hunter Architects & Planners to respond to the site simply and elegantly, whilst minimising the potential overlooking from neighbouring dwellings. The house, constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, incorporates Secured by Design and Lifetime Homes accreditation, solar hot water and rainwater harvesting systems and a bespoke kitchen and staircase.
The main family and kitchen areas open onto the garden via large south facing folding doors, with the more private rooms at the rear of the property looking onto a smaller courtyard garden. The master suite is contained within the roof, where the pitch creates high ceilings and storage within the eaves spaces.
The dwelling is constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes level 3. This project aimed to demonstrate a family home could be developed on a commercially viable budget responding to the mandatory rating requirement in many parts of the country (e.g. Wales). The strategy was to incorporate features that would have an immediate and ongoing benefit to the occupiers with little maintenance or detailed knowledge.
Reduced utility bills are achieved by a solar hot water system, heat exchanger, under floor heating, low u-values (including window average of 1.6 W/m2K) as well as solar gains from large south facing glazing. Low water use of less than 80 litres/ person/ day is achieved by rainwater harvesting (for WC’s, the sprinkler system, washing machine and externally) as well as low flow rate taps and efficient appliances. Electrical demand is reduced by incorporating good day lighting generally as well as 80% dedicated energy efficient lighting.
Backland/ Tandem Development, Moratorium on Housing land, several previous unsuccessful planning appeals on site, noise, access, overlooking distances
Project Keywords: Level 3 Code for Sustainable Homes, Environmentally Friendly Family Home, Self Build Architect, Bespoke home in Altrincham, Cheshire, RIBA Stage A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J- K, build your own self build house.
Photographs © Ian Hunter