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“Moore’s Reserve” Petersfield

March 12, 2024

Ecologically-sound new build home

Folkes Architects / www.folkesarchitects.co.uk

Project Type Demolition of 1930’s bungalow and replace with contemporary three-bedroom house

Client Private residential client

Location Petersfield, South Downs National Park

The Challenge

The plot is situated in a designated International Dark Sky Reserve in the South Downs National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Hampshire.

Our client wanted to demolish the outdated 1930’s dormer bungalow and replace it with a modern, ecologically-sound, three-bedroom house which complemented the character of the local area.

Being within Moore’s Reserve (named after local Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore CBE), meant particular attention had to be paid to indoor and outdoor lighting.

The existing property was overlooked by a neighbouring property and access was not in keeping with other homes in the road.

Our Solution

This was the second time Folkes Architects had been engaged by our client to design a new build property.

We understood our client’s desire to create a contemporary home which was architecturally stunning, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.

By building the new home further back from the highway and designing the living space and bedrooms to face the rear garden, we were able to improve privacy, match the style of neighbouring frontages and remove being overlooked by the house next door.

We created a stunning ground floor living space, with open plan kitchen, dining and lounge areas, in addition to two ground floor bedrooms and family bathroom.

The master bedroom with en-suite has been created in a light and airy roof room, linked by a stunning glass entranceway with a contemporary roof lantern to allow plenty of natural light.

Folkes Architects provided the following services:-

  • Topographical survey of the site
  • Initial hand-drawn creative design ideas
  • Digitally produced architectural designs and plans
  • Preparation and management of the Planning Application, including Design and Access Reports
  • Production of Building Regulation application and detailed construction drawings for the building contractor

The Result

This contemporary, timber clad three-bedroom home makes the most of its location in the beautiful market town of Petersfield in the South Downs National Park.

Thanks to the materials used, the building has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A, achieving the maximum 100 points for energy efficiency.

  • The property was built using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), making the building airtight and providing maximum thermal benefit. Coming in flat pack form, the panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural layers of OSB.
  • Natural light has been maximised whilst creating minimal light pollution, thanks to intelligent lighting solutions and high-quality window blinds.
  • EPC Energy Efficiency rating A.
  • Stunning first floor master bedroom with en-suite.

Comment from Folkes Architects

“Conservation, energy efficiency and being environmentally responsible was at the heart of this wonderful project. Designing a beautiful home in one of the UK’s only International Dark Sky Reserves and the South Downs National Park was a challenge and a pleasure.

“At Folkes Architects, we specialise in creating beautiful spaces which complement and enhance the natural ecology and sensitivities of our amazing local area.”

Free Consultation

If you’re planning an extension or want to know more about building your own home, call or email Folkes Architects today for a free, informal chat about how we can help

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