New Build Interview – Exeter Living

Building your own home?

We asked Stuart Bayley for his top tips…

What ‘homework’ should a person have already done before they approach an architecture firm like yours?

It is helpful to have created a scrapbook or Pinterest board of houses and projects that you like – including their materials.

What is a really important thing to think about before proceeding?

Consider the orientation of the house to the sunshine and views – ideally, combine the two together so the house can open up to the landscape whilst still benefitting from an ideal solar orientation for natural/passive design.

What are the main pitfalls? 
Rising material prices and construction costs are increasing the contingency that builders are having to apply to their tender / fixed prices – making the overall projects more expensive.


When it comes to design how much do you do and how much does the customer do? How does that relationship work?  
We like to create a few alternative layouts at an early stage for our clients which can then lead to a strong element of client-guided development and working together in developing a suitable design. Many of our clients are families and couples – rather than developers – so they engage us to help them create their unique dream house.


Any new trends we should be paying attention to? 
the increasing need to incorporate renewable technologies to heat our houses in the future and the need to create our own PV for electrical supply – often in conjunction with a large storage battery for the home.


Is there an increased demand at the moment for new builds/ extensions? How has Covid affected your company? 

land with planning permission and that is suitable for new houses in short supply – so consider barn conversions or replacement dwellings as a fall-back position for a new contemporary home.

The brief was to create an eco-friendly family home. The client’s vision was rather unusual though they wanted an upsidedown house. Stuart Bayley, co-director at living space architects, tells us how they did it…

As anyone who loves their property programs will know connecting with nature is currently a big thing for those designing and producing a new home, especially in these parts. few pull off the development which immerses itself so unequivocally in the surrounding landscape as this family home though.

Located in Dunsford, just outside of Exeter nestled into lush greenness the smooth curved roof is the first thing you notice it sets the tone for the property and conveys that this is a place of calm; a gentle space where there is something of a free flow between the inside and outside.

“The roof was originally concived to replicate the form of local dutch barns which sit around the lower edges of Dartmoor,” says Stuart Bayley, co-director at Living Space Architects, the local architecture firm who designed the house.”

“Our client is a big surfer and loved the idea of a natural wave form

The green roof sits on a highly insulated roof with a rubber membrane waterproof finish so the green roof is a significant visual improvement. The natural environment benefit for birds and insects form a green roof is significant and enjoyable.”

The house split level is a quirky design; all the bedrooms are on the ground floor, the living spaces on the first floor (hence being called an ‘upside-down’ house); and amazingly, all rooms in this property have access to the outside garden.

“As you enter the house, the light and staircase draw you up to the first floor living accommodation.” adds, Stuart.

“The open plan first floor configuration creates the sense of open space with no internal walls to disrupt the light across the space from all four sides of the building.”

Stuart tells us that his favorite space are the windows of the ground floor bedrooms as these are designed to avoid any potential overlooking off the neighboring land and house.

“They create a unique character to both the inside of the rooms as they draw your eye to a different view, whilst the north-facing elevation glazing is reduced to keep down the heat loss and an intriguing rear elevation is created.”

What are the other eco-friendly credentials of the property?

“The house is a timber framed, highly insulated and air-tight building which helps to reduce the overall heating requirements. the heating its self is provided by the air-sorce heat-pump which is an increasingly popular method of heating our homes.”

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Featured in Self Build And Design

We are pleased to see our ‘Origami’ Project featured in the September 2021 edition of Self Build & Design!

Shortlisted For the Build It 2020 Awards

Living Space is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Build it awards, under the category: ‘Best Architect or Designer for a Self Build Project’

*Voting closes on the 12th November 2020*

Using Virtual Reality at Living Space

At living space architects, we offer our clients the opportunity to experience their designs.

Reference: https://www.livingspacearchitects.com/http:/www.livingspacearchitects.com/news/the-class-q-craze

Our 3D visualisation software creates a walkthrough experience, which allows the client to gain a better spacial understanding of their project long before it is built.

These 3D visualisations are created by our rendering software, Enscape, which you can try for yourself by following the link below.

https://api2.enscape3d.com/v1/view/72bf5c61-9fb8-4da0-bbaf-79e95e4c93f2

(Currently there is no support for Internet Explorer/Edge/Safari or iOS devices)

View of what the client sees when viewing their home in virtual reality

A a result of lockdown, we have not been able to have meetings in the office to show clients our designs. Instead we have been sending over web links, (like the one above) that the clients can use to explore their projects from home.

The Process:

When we visit the clients site we use 3D scanning and point cloud technology to measure the property. We can then use these measurements to create the existing structure on Enscape.

Virtual reality view of the clients home
VR view of the clients home

Featured In Self Build & Design

We are pleased to have been featured in the July 2020 edition of Self Build & Design, in this article our directors where interviewed by Debbie Jeffery about Life as Architects.

Crumbs Devon: House Call – Middle Aged

Our work on the 14th-century Staddons House, Dartmoor has featured in the December 2019 edition of Crumbs.

Devon’s Home Design Yearbook

We are pleased to have featured in the 2018 edition of Devon’s Home Design Yearbook! This publication is one of the best reference guides for Devon home-owners in terms of its tips, advice and inspiration. Our work on the beautiful sustainable home in Dunsford,as well as a listed property in Thurlestone, refurbishment and extension of Brent House, and our award-winning work on a listed medieval house in Dartmoor are featured.

 

Best of Houzz 2018

Devon Historic Buildings Trust Award