Contemporary four bed family home in a residential area 


Project Background

Our clients approached us having bought a plot with a 1960s bungalow, in a residential area of Warwickshire. The bungalow is of low architectural merit, poor construction, and not suited to modern family life. Our clients had purchased the plot as a means to move closer to their family circle, with the intention of demolishing and replacing it with a four-bed contemporary family home.

Running their own business and leading very busy lives, our clients were looking for a company who offered a complete turnkey solution to help take them through the self-build process.

We initially explored the possibility of extension and refurbishment versus replacement. The cost modelling that we reviewed during the project appraisal phase demonstrated that it was more cost effective to knock down and replace the house, given the levels of insulation and the amount of investment that would be needed to make the bungalow more energy efficient. ⠀

The House

As we started the design process, our clients thought that this project might be a steppingstone towards their forever home, that the site may impose too many constraints to deliver everything they wanted from their long-term family home.  The concepts we presented in the project appraisal challenged this pre-conception and we showed them what could be achieved without the compromises they feared.

Their brief asked for a traditional, farmhouse cottage style home that would reflect the style of the surrounding village.  As we developed the design with the clients and showed them progress with 3D images, they realised that this style didn’t provide the kerb appeal that they desired.  Thinking about possible future sales value, the style simply wouldn’t command a premium.  Under our clients’ instruction and with our design expertise, the scheme then took on a much more contemporary feel.  Feedback from local agents indicates that the current design will maximise the future value of the plot.

Given its location in a residential road, the design needed to conform to the existing building pattern, but we were able to increase the ridge height to enable a 2 and a half storey dwelling.  This allowed us to deliver all the internal space our clients desired, including a ground floor gym and study, with direct external access and a shower room, thus providing them with a future proof layout.

The design takes the natural materials found in the surrounding street scene but applies them in a modern and inventive way to give a building of high quality and architectural merit.  The largely glazed elevations give transparency and allow the visual connection of the internal spaces to the rear garden areas to the south and south-west.  This affords views of the garden, the paddock and the open countryside beyond, maximises natural daylight and harness free energy by way of solar gain into the property.


Having successfully obtained planning permission for our clients, they are now keen to move on to the next stage of the project with us.  We are currently developing the technical drawings for the design, which we will use to apply for building control and to negotiate a fixed price construction contract on their behalf.

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We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.


To find out more about our client-led approach to design, have a read of our blog posts on bespoke architecture, designing from a blank canvas and our client lifestyle briefing process.

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