Friday, 24 May 2013

Something old, something new

Last week I drove past a project within a Dorset village that's well underway. I'm deliberately keeping the location vague as I lost control of the project.....that sounds bad! No, the client who instructed me to obtain planning approval sold the site to a developer who subsequently passed the working drawings/Building Regulation application to his regular architect/designer. So that's what I mean by 'lost control'.

I don't think any designer likes to 'lose control' of a project, as the detail can get watered down or original design is subject to amendments and you tend to think people will view the finished project as the original designers work.....or am I just being paranoid here??

I'm not saying this particular project won't be a credit to the new builder/owner....am I digging myself into a hole here...?!

The project involved the reconstruction of a dilapidated open barn (cart shed) into a 3 bed dwelling. Bi-folding doors and vertical timber cladding emphasise the existing open fronted barn and conservation rooflights maintained a simple roofline. The project encompassed my favoured design – traditional built form with contemporary elements

Pope project images - Copy

...and something new,

I'm pleased to see works progressing well on a makeover/extension project in Wareham. The existing property was a poorly extended bungalow and my clients brief was to remodel and extend the property, creating additional bedrooms and more open and light living areas.

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existing rear elevation

The existing, unattractive brickwork is to be rendered and painted white, the profiled concrete tiles will be replaced with natural slate and the introduction of grey powder-coated aluminium replacement windows + bi-fold doors and patent glazing and rooflights all serve to modernise the appearance.

Taylors project images - Copy

I look forward to posting photographs of the finished works later in the year. Who knows, I may also be posting pictures of the cart shed dwelling to...!