Rock Cottage 2016
ROCK COTTAGe, somerset, uk 2016
PLANNING PERMISSION - APPROVED
BUILDING REGULATIONS - APPROVED
Steven Read, Client:
“Working with Mike was a pleasure. He spent a lot of time understanding our brief and our requirements from the project. He also discussed with us and questioned us carefully on our initial thoughts and ideas in order to explore why we had come up with the ideas we had. From this came suggestions from Mike that pushed us out of our comfort zone and challenged our (more conservative) thinking. Mike spent time exploring in outline both our ideas and his proposals so that in the end we arrived at a really exciting design for our extension which combined a contemporary design that still blended in with our period stone house. Aspects of our project were quite complex with conservation areas and green belt restrictions to deal with, not to mention bat ecology matters! Mike coped with this showing patience and understanding and liaised very willingly with our ecologist. Mike also investigated and priced aspects of the project such as glazing, roofing etc., requiring liaising with potential suppliers and getting comparable quotes. I would recommend Mike for any domestic project, but don’t expect a “yes” man who will slavishly just implement your amateur thoughts without challenge….. “
Architect's comment: Rock Cottage is in the centre of a lovely rural village near Bristol and as such the project was subject to a number of restrictive designations, namely A.O.N.B., Green Belt and Conservation Area protection. The property had also been previously extended post 1948 and as such had used up some of it's volume allowance. Steven and Sue were clear about their need for additional space and remained open minded to the various design options suggested to them to achieve this. The design evolved from a combination of wishlist items, pre-application feedback from the Planning Authorities (BANES) and a sensitive aesthetic treatment which referenced the local vernacular whist maintaining a strong contemporary feel. Steven and Sue were fantastic to work with, both patient and responsive to the feedback and development of the design and planning process.