New Road, Lower Bryanston, Modern vernacular house in a traditional setting, Lower Bryanston

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Project Description

Large replacement home with a modern vernacular style in Bryanston, Dorset.

Approval was granted to demolish the existing uninhabitable post 1st World War house and replace it with a modern vernacular home.

Sited in a conservation area and AONB this was a very challenging application due to its traditional setting next to two further similar historic houses. The scheme evolved through a number of planning applications, including two approvals over the course of two years and intensive negotiations between the conservation office, the Architects and the client to reach a design that was favourable to all. The outcome is a sustainable self-build, low energy home contructed from SIPs panels that suited to the clients aspirations.

WDA sensitively designed the residence to reflect it's neighbouring properties. The relationship to the two remaining timber-clad cottages is achieved by maintaining the same roof pitch, chimney design, stepped ridge height, timber cladding, metal roof and street scene. However the new house is far larger than the existing property, with the new floor area sited predominately to the rear to maintain the scale of the front of the house.

The modern house utilises a number of 'green living' energy efficient credentials. It has been constructed from SIPs panels chosen for its thermal qualities. A mechanical ventilation and heat recovery unit is installed, and the heating is a hybrid of an air source heat pump and gas system boiler. Additionally, the old septic tank on site has been replaced so all three properties now share a new sewage treatment plant.

Publications: Self Build & Design Magzine July 2021. Take a look at the case study here: New Road, Self Build & Design

Photography: Peter Booton


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