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Contemporary Infill Bespoke Self Build Architect Designed Home in Manchester
REVERENCE FOR A REVEREND IN RETIREMENT
Keith and Norma approached Hunter Architects & Planners with a brief to construct their dream bespoke self build home in Manchester. Reverend Keith was due to retire, and on leaving his post with the church, the couple would also have to leave the vicarage, their family home for a number of years. With a background in engineering, Keith had always wanted to build his own house, so when he discovered an infill plot of land adjacent to another church in Manchester, Keith jumped at the chance to turn his dreams into reality.
Although their former vicarage was a very traditional dwelling, Keith and Norma were keen to construct a very modern, sustainable home for their retirement. Conscious of rising energy bills and a limited income in their retirement, Keith and Norma sought to achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, as well as Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards. At the start of this new chapter in their lives, the lifetime homes standard was of particular interest to the couple, to ensure that their home would suit their needs for a good number of years to come. Far from being a retirement bungalow though, the resultant four bedroom family home is intended to give the couple flexibility in the future, with the installation of a lift being the only obvious concession.
The house that Hunter Architects and Planners designed maximises the potential of the Manchester site, whilst creating a sympathetic dwelling that opens onto the sizeable garden at the rear. Externally the twin gabled frontage sits comfortably in the street scene; Internally, the steeply pitched roof creates an almost cathedral like entrance hall, somehow fitting for a retired reverend.
Summary: Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 (CSH) Bespoke Self Build Home in Manchester
Architect designed home for retiring couple
Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3
Solar Hot Water Heater, substantially reduced water consumption
Bespoke items – Handmade feature light to entrance hall
Project Keywords: Natural stone; contemporary house, CSH Level 3, solar hot water heater, highly insulated, Lifetime homes, Secured By Design, infill plot, bespoke self build.
Photographs/Images © Hunter Architects & Planners
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester
Type: New Self Build Home
Local Planning Authority: Manchester City Council
Features: Nominated for NHBC Award. Level 3 Code for Sustainable Homes. Secured by Design, Lifetime Homes. Urban infill plot. Designed for retiring couple.
Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine Comments
“Designing an individual home which sits comfortably within the streetscape can be a difficult task — but it’s a balance which this contemporary self-build, with its steep-pitched gable ends and considered palette of render, stone and brick cladding, has successfully achieved. What’s more, the house not only embraces modern living but also manages to incorporate and reinterpret elements of the period properties in which the homeowners had previously lived.”