This self-build home, is a multi-level earth sheltered house in Ledbury, Herefordshire. It makes good use of a steeply sloping site. The stepped levels of the proposal are concealed as much of the mass of the building and the roof level cut into the slope allowing the green meadow to continue over the roof surface.
This type of self-build home is a great opportunity to lift onto the roof levels all the existing wild flowers that are present on the site – so that the bio-diversity of the site is maintained and enhanced. Retaining the ecology in the local area.
The stepped levels of this self-build Ledbury home provides variety to the interior space and plan arrangement – so that it is possible to step out into the garden at multiple levels – it is also an opportunity to have outdoor space for eating out, or enjoying different aspects of the site.
The interior is future proofed to allow the installation of a lift in future, so that this project really would be a ‘life-time’ home standard.
If you have land adjacent to a rural village, or you have a large garden plot located in a rural village, no matter how awkward the site appears, there is always a design-solution that can be adapted to work with the site. This type of architect-led self-build home will increase your chances of getting planning permission, to unlock real value from a redundant land and property asset.
At Thomas Studio we make sure all our planning applications, located in rural locations, are designed and prepared to maximise the potential to get planning permission, and we help you to understand and implement the 8-steps as set out in the Thomas Studio ‘how to get planning permission’ guide. [HERE]
It’s a little known fact that self-build homes actually improve your chances of getting planning permission in a rural locations. Planning officers, and local people, view self-build homes as making a positive contribution to the built environment. When you think about it… the vernacular tradition in Britain is the best example of the self-build home market.
So what has gone wrong in recent times? The house-building industry has been dominated by volume-house builders and nationally we have forgotten how to self-build; with fewer than 20% of all new builds being self-builds, this means that few people actually get to design their own homes in a way they want to live. Few people actually get any chance at all to create a space suited to their lifestyle arrangements. The end result is most people adjust their lives to a pre-determined living format, set by others, which is often decades out of date.
If you are interested to hear more about this application and how to progress your own self-build you can read more [here] or contact the studio.