Substantial Arts and Crafts Estate
An extensive research by our clients, of the Arts and Crafts Movement characteristic architectural style of the area, led to the distinctive perfectly balanced ‘old meets modern’ design.
The plot consisted of sandy ground which helped progress throughout the build and eased the full-size basement excavation. The house was primarily masonry construction built around a complex steel frame. We worked closely with our engineers and fabricators to optimize story heights and marrying in with the hollow core concrete ground and first floors.
The stunning ten-metre-high stairwell was constructed using laser levels for accuracy. This enabled the beautiful staircase to fit perfectly against the masonry and featured lighting further showcasing the beautiful design. The first-floor bedroom suites all benefit from stunning views, privacy and special amenities.
The galleried landing overlooks the spacious open plan living areas and make the most of the south facing garden and breathtaking landscape. Special considerations were taken in to account regarding the technical aspects of the large south facing window panes that bring alive these uninterrupted views.
Particular topographical and environmental studies were undertaken, bat roosts were rehoused, and all necessary steps to implement renewable energy sources such as solar panels, heat-pump, special solar filters, waste management system and rainwater harvesting only to name a few, ensuring maintenance efficiency and sustainability of the estate.
Further extensive landscaping works were developed to preserve the already established parts of the gardens, woods and paddock. Finally, an extensive scheme for new planted borders, terraces and transplantation of larger trees was introduced to boost biodiversity.
Following a referral from a senior project manager, we met our overseas clients for a breakfast interview in London. Following initial discussions and a visit to one of our newly completed projects, negotiations on final construction planning started soon afterwards.
Set on a raised site with sweeping views over the Surrey countryside, the project involved not only demolition of the existing dwelling and building their dream home but also a series of extensive refurbishments, extensions and landscape re-development to include an 18m pool and a multi-use games area, expressing our clients clear view and creative vision for a sustainable biodiverse estate.
COSTING AND PLANNING
A holistic approach for the build was developed from the close collaboration between our clients, our clients’ architects and landscape designers. Jaques Construction were instructed to progress working drawings and a structural design. As the project presented many structural challenges, the fact that our clients were involved closely from the beginning, meant that these were quickly and efficiently resolved and the project could continue within the agreed time schedule. One of the early difficulties was the considerable differences in the ground levels which were effectively recalculated in detail to anchor connectivity of all areas [buildings, terraces and levelled lawn] and ensure a seamless ‘inside-out’ harmony. The close collaboration with all our highly talented trades and third party subcontractors was key to the successful completion of the build.