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New Build Retirement Property, Fareham, Hampshire

The brief, to design a new build, detached retirement property for sale on the open market.

This backland site is currently part of a generous 4 bedroomed property that benefits from a mature garden, including listed trees and well established, mature boundary hedging. The site for the new property was chosen by the client for its minimal impact on the existing property. The result is an east-west orientated building plot, partially encroached by tree root protection zones and existing planting to be retained. The building plot also forms a stop-end to an existing 1970s mews, which is a dominant yet incomplete development pattern.

Early stage 3D modelling highlighted three key amenity areas with optimum light throughout the day and seasons. The building design concept was then developed to provide hard edges to avoid impact on neighbours and soft edges to connect the key areas with internal views across the whole site. The building footprint has been shaped to avoid the tree root protection zones and feature planting. A constant supply of natural light further defined the position and proportions of the windows and the roofline.

The interior layout takes on board the principles of the Lifetime Homes Standard to ensure future adaptability and use. The building superstructure will be SIPS, prefabricated with a high performance building envelope approximating Passivhaus standards.

Taking inspiration from a woodland pavilion setting, the building will be clad and predominately roofed with artificial slate in a multi-coloured pattern, that has been developed in reference to the dappled shades of light coming through the tree canopies.

ArchitectureLIVE celebrate their clients’ individuality and love what they do.

No-one knows your project requirements better than you, so they start by listening (really listening) before applying their thinking. By understanding your desire carefully, they then shape your vision and build to your lasting satisfaction.

Having built-up experience with major architectural firms in London, Irene Konschill and Jonathan Gratton founded ArchitectureLIVE in 2009 in Haslemere, Surrey, on the border with West Sussex and Hampshire, to deliver exciting and sustainable architecture in the beautiful home counties.

Inspired by nature and the desire to be future proof, ArchitectureLIVE create exclusive, contemporary designs to meet their clients’ specific needs. From one-off, new build homes and renovations to multi occupancy residential projects and school design, they offer a broad expertise and limitless enthusiasm to craft clients’ projects.