Bay View Road
The client sought to build a forever home for him and his family to retire in, allowing flexibility for their ageing needs.
Refusals associated to the site prior to LM Studio’s involvement made this garden site tricky to gain local authority support. The client, a builder of a number of homes along the road, sought to build a ‘forever’ home for him and his family to retire in. His personal connection to the site, having grown up in ‘Yonder Barton’ next door, and the site being part of its garden is partly attributed to his desire to live in this location. To meet the needs of the family and to ensure the longevity of their inhabitation, the home must provide 5 bedrooms, and the internal layout has been organised in such a way as to allow them live on one floor to avoid using the stairs as mobility decreases. There was an emphasis on balcony/terrace provision to provide breakout spaces from living areas and bedrooms, and ultimately a layout which harnessed the breath-taking panoramic views over the ocean.
The end result is a building characterised by 2 separate gabled forms, joined with a central link. The two storey western gable answers to the scale of the adjacent dwelling, and the eastern, single storey gable answers to the smaller scale of Yonder Barton. The stepping down/tiered approach aims to address both neighbours. The internal living volume is vaulted, to help zone the entrance lobby and vertical circulation zone from the living space subtly through a change in volume and height.
"Lewis is young, enthusiastic, with mountains of knowledge and a passion to achieve. Extremely easy to talk to and worked his hours around our very busy schedule to produce fantastic results. We have worked with a few architects in the past and this guys ability and passion is a breath of fresh air! A huge thank you Lewis for your above and beyond efforts, its always a pleasure working with you."