I said that I would do a blog on the various iterations that the house has gone through on the long road between twinkle in the eye in January to planning permission-ready this week.
So here I present a kind of ‘Decent of Man’ for the House at Cuil Bay.
The first was a barrel-roofed house reflecting the shape of the big red barn in the field by the plot…we ruled it out right away
At the same time we saw a pitched-roof, slit window house with one of the rooms a single story on the end.
We preferred a conventional pitch and so the next design made the front more attractive
However, never satisfied I asked for a change in orientation and general look and the house became this… ..Now we really were getting somewhere. I liked this one a lot.
But the quantity surveyor told us it was way over budget so I asked Matt to look at making it smaller. The next was a bit smaller but rather odd looking – the turret had a raised battlement behind which the solar panels sit. It had lost the eves and reprised the box-extension theme.
Back to what we liked originally and a shrinkage in the ‘east wing’. What you can’t see from this picture is that it is looking a bit awkward around the side you can’t see. But still too expensive and a few things that didn’t work yet in terms of layout.
Now we are pretty much there. Smaller, and a lower roofline but a change in entrance configuration to allow for utility room.
And at last, on 2 October, this is the house that went to planning (I think). As far as I can see this house is pretty much identical to the last apart from the addition of the wood/bike shed (and an extra car!).