Project Name: California Dreamin’
Project Location: Mexborough, South Yorkshire
Project Description: An affordable contemporary four bedroom self-build detached house.
Project Aims: The brief was simple, create a contemporary four bedroom dwelling which takes advantage of the hillside views, is environmentally friendly, sustainable, cost effective and maximises the site.
Project Cost: Site Cost: £99,000; Build Cost:£300,000
The Design: The design maximises the site views whilst considering the impact of the development on the neighbouring dwellings. Sensitivity was given to the treatment of the façade on this elevation, we believe that architectural stonework rather than brick or render helps to make the east and north elevation walls less dense in scale.
A: The building is orientated due south with lots of windows to maximise solar gains.
B: The north elevation has a minimal number of openings to reduce heat loss and maximise thermal mass.
C: The south west elevation has large openings to maximise on the existing view at high level over the valley.
D: The building is located on the northern boundary to maximise the southerly aspect of the site and create a vista as you enter the site from the south east corner.
E: The driveway is located on the eastern side of the site to minimise the impact on neighbouring properties from vehicle traffic.
We have produced a building that has the same overall vertical proportion as a standard domestic two storey dwelling with a 37 degree pitch roof yet we have created a more modern dwelling. The main materials (render and stonework) are already present in Mexborough and can be seen nearby.
We feel that the building design relates to what is valued about the area, the creation of good quality design.
We believe that the site will look fantastic and will delight and inspire people in Mexborough and the Dearne Valley area. We believe that this type of development will encourage people from within the local area and externally to aspire to achieve more.
The Area: The site is in the middle of an existing expanding residential area, where new large and small scale housing schemes are under development or in progress; our client has lived locally all his life.
As a long established local businessman our client had looked for potential development land in the Mexborough area for a number of years to find the “ideal building site for his dream home”.
1. The site is private and secure.
2. Our client did not have to relocate geographically from his existing home.
3. Our client is a local businessman whose business has always been based in Mexborough as his father before him and feels that investment in Mexborough is a worthwhile undertaking as 90% of his work is in the Dearne Valley area.
4. The development of Mexborough and the surrounding Dearne Valley area requires local people to raise the standards, reinvest and to help maximise local economy. Our client feels a design of this nature is a reflection of the economic rise of not just Mexborough but the whole Dearne Valley Area.
5. As this site is very private it gave us the opportunity to do something different that would help promote our client, his business, the local area and demonstrate that fantastic architecture can be delivered on a limited budget.
Project Accommodation: Entrance hall, kitchen / living / dining Space, toilet / cloaks, cinema room, home office, utility room, double garage, four double bedrooms (three ensuite), house bathroom
Project Special Features: Glass treads in stainless steel staircase, zinc roof, cedar garage door, velfac window system, double height space in the dining room, two separate balconies on the first floor and a cinema room.
Type of Construction: Traditional construction
Insulated concrete slab, 300mm block work cavity wall, TJI first floor joists, trussed mono-pitched roof structure, zinc roof deck, aluminium windows, through colour render system, architectural masonry and cedar cladding.
Eco Features: Under floor heating, rainwater harvesting, over insulating the walls, floor and ceiling spaces, south facing glazing, minimal north facing windows, All white interior and large windows to maximise natural light distribution.
Technology: Cinema room, lutron lighting system, bose speakers throughout in the ceilings, server based music and movies streamed to any room.
Client: Private client / Contractor