Project Description: Contemporary new build, executive dwelling in Whitstable, Kent
Total Gross Internal Area: Existing 79.3m²; Proposed 306.5m²
Planning Granted: May 2018
Procurement Method: Partially managed by Client using main builder for most of the works supplemented by appointing individual subcontractors and purchasing high value materials direct from suppliers.
Construction Technique: Traditional strip foundation with a suspended beam and block ground floor structure, load bearing masonry full fill cavity & timber frame external walls finished in Monocouche render, cedar cladding and split tiles. Windows, doors, gutters and facias are all anthracite grey along with slate to the main roof in a very sharp, modern structure which was a stand-out dwelling in the road on this prominent corner plot.
Blackrock Architecture Appointment: Design and planning, full working drawings, assembly details and full materials and workmanship specification. Ad-hoc support during construction phase.
The prominent site was occupied by an ageing property that provided a negative contribution to the area. Blackrock Architecture were appointed to provide a fresh look at the site. The first challenge was to establish whether to remodel or rebuild and the pros and cons to each route. At the early conceptual stage, it was clear that to achieve the client’s brief/expectations, a remodel would fall short, and the new build would provide significant advantages to the end result.
The corner plot resulted in a challenging planning predicament with bungalows on either side. The design was carefully thought out so the property looked large and impressive maximising the kerb appeal whilst being sensitive to the surroundings. The first floor needed to house 4 large double bedrooms and whilst sloping ceilings to some areas were unavoidable, the space was cleverly laid out to ensure the rooms were useable, spacious and luxurious.
Credit to our client also who has a very keen eye for detail and can make any space inside or out look amazing. The project was a complete success, this was a tremendous team effort and we look forward to the next project with or repeat client!