Whilst the site was a good size for the building, the working area was tight due to the very steep slope and limited access. Therefore, to minimise construction costs RRA designed the replacement dwelling to use the existing building footprint and foundations, and kept the ridge height the same as the existing house. The garage became part of the main house using a small link and a subterranean level with additional parking was excavated. This strategy resulting in no negative visual impact to the views of surrounding buildings whilst enabling a significant increase to the floor area.
Extensive glazing was used strategically to benefit from the stunning views over Cheltenham whilst also allowing the building to fully utilise the solar gain to heat the house. Balcony areas have been added to offer the inhabitants outdoor space, other than the garden, from which to enjoy the views.
Central to the building is the large kitchen area which links several areas of the house. This features a central void space to a large rooflight positioned to increase the natural light within the deepest part of the building.
In order to integrate the contemporary style into the natural surroundings a pallette of render, Cedar Cladding, Local Stone and Powder Coated Aluminium Windows was employed.
Externally the use of solar powered, low-level lighting, illuminates the access forecourt for safety, without causing excessive light pollution.