The site is set in a pretty valley near the Preseli Mountains with views along the valley looking towards the distant hills. The plot itself is bisected by a small stream running from the rear to the front of the plot.
The 3 bedroom house was built in the early 20th century and had over the years been extended at the rear to form a kitchen and bathroom and the attic space to create 2 bedrooms with very restricted headroom. At sometime, a large front bay window had been added to the lounge.
The original brief was to improve and increase the first floor bedroom accommodation incorporating a family bathroom and enlarging the lounge.
During the design phase, the clients decided to add a garden room, a guest suite and an additional bedroom / study. Our solution was to keep the main building’s character with a contemporary rear extension.
The views of both the valley and garden were exploited. This was achieved in part by both the adjacent hot tub and parking area being relocated into the other half of the garden.
During the project, an existing timber structure was found to be defective. This together with an increase in the VAT rate made it more viable to change the project to a new build.
The house was designed to meet the requirements of Code for Sustainable Homes, Level 3 and incorporated air source heat and solar collectors.