A Bespoke Home
Within our homes we all go through the same range of activities: cooking, eating, sleeping, relaxing etc, but it is how we like our houses to respond to us as individuals that never ceases to be fascinating to us at MJM Architecture. This house had been bought and ‘done up’ by a developer in 2015 who probably didn’t share this view. The old and out-dated layout was retained, and every room decorated the same.
The brief then was to take this ‘blank canvas’ and tailor it to how the new owners want to live in it and create a home bespoke to them. The kitchen should be visually connected to the small garden at the rear. Space provided for storage of bikes, tools and a home gym. A formal dining room isn’t required as long as a dining table can be accommodated in the kitchen. An additional bathroom / shower-room is also required.
There is no insulation to the walls or floor of the house and only a little insulation to the roof. Therefore, the brief also requires significant improvements to the thermal comfort, the energy required to heat the property and a review of any other sustainable enhancements that can help reduce the impact of the house on the environment. At this early stage of the project we are developing strategies for what can be realistically achieved by balancing out: capital cost, impact on the building, energy use requirements, carbon emissions, and future running costs.