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  1. To move the gable to the right hand side, it looks do-able downstairs by moving dining area over and then flipping the kitchen and island 90 degrees so the kitchen units back onto the stairs. Upstairs, I think it would be a case of moving the bed over to the right hand side, and walking through the dressing area to get to the bedroom. Keeping the gable central would probably mean reducing the living room to 4m wide and then shifting everything over. Is 4m too narrow?
  2. @ETC, thanks! There's an awful lot to like about this. The kitchen/diner looks better - it seems to create more of a separated dining area. And we'd get full height in the master bedroom rather than sloping walls. The only minor downside I can see is the loss of natural light into the dressing area, and perhaps less wardrobe space - are there any obvious ways to get natural light into the dressing "corridor"? Alternatively, I wonder if the wardrobes could extend over to where the double sinks are so that the dressing area uses the light coming in from the rooflight, and then reconfigure the master ensuite and family bathroom a bit? I'm trying to compare the size and shape to what we already have. It looks like you've pushed the front door and the music room wall back, and the same on the first floor. Have you gone out further at the back of the house, where the dining table is? Or have you brought the kitchen and living room forward?
  3. Hi folks, our architect has provided some basic 3D visuals of the exterior, with an updated porch which does look a bit better than the previous attempts. Appreciate the design is not everyone's cup of tea, but we're always keen to hear suggestions or tweaks that people would make, including choice of materials and colours. Render colour and windows will probably be more of a cream and agate grey combo, something like in the border oak image above. Still discussing those dormers with the architect given the previous discussions on this thread.
  4. @CharlieKLP and @Gus Potter - thank you, some really useful advice. Much appreciated. Just going back to the porch, if you take this house, stretch it a bit wider, and move the dormer left a bit, you get something akin to the shape of our house. Please could I get the committee's views on whether a porch like in the picture below might look okay on our house?
  5. I had assumed either in that cupboard or perhaps carve out some space from the master ensuite or family bathroom given that's where most of the plumbing will be and the ASHP will be in the utility directly below. Good shout though, I shall raise when I go back with comments as they probably haven't thought about it. Oh, I agree. Unfortunately the other half doesn't, and thinks it would look like the house has a nose I found a picture where a similar porch looks ok. not sure why it looks alright here but the one in our plans looks a bit naff. maybe because this one follows directly off the gable roofline? Yeah, I think they've given it to someone fairly inexperienced, which is in itself not necessarily a problem, provided there's someone more experienced overseeing, but I think that's been lacking so far. We've made a bit of noise though so hopefully that'll be sorted going forward. I don't know any specifics on the dormers at this stage other than Nudura saying they'd most likely be timber constructed. We've seen examples of similar dormers online like in the picture below so we had assumed it wasn't going to be an issue.
  6. On the previous version, where the back wall was straight all the way across, the eaves and guttering of the single-storey roof protruded past the back of the house. Our architect suggested pushing back the living room wall very slightly to avoid that.
  7. @ETC, typo? Would you mind describing or sketching out what you mean? Believe me, there's been a lot of discussion about the roof with the architect! The rationale given is that the neighbouring properties are both small chalets with fairly low rooflines and both are very close to us (within 2-3 metres on each side of us). One in particular has a bedroom window facing our plot. So it's a been designed as a chalet-style rather than a 2 storey house to be in keeping and to avoid blocking light. The roof height has then been raised to maximise the internal full-height space in Beds 2 and 3. I presume that reducing the height of the main roof to be more in scale with the rest of the house would mean there is more unusable space in Beds 2 and 3? Designed for us based on our brief. My own drawings are just me trying to get my head around what could work and what doesn't - I find it quite hard to visualise the options directly from the architect's plans otherwise.
  8. Hi everyone, We have an updated set of floor plans back from our architect. Front elevation has been changed to more in line with what @CharlieKLP and @ETC suggested and the store room has been replaced by a study. We couldn't find a way to change the large gable on the rear without over-compromising on the floor plan though. We'd appreciate any suggestions on the following: Finding somewhere for a fairly large coat/shoe cupboard in the vicinity of the front door. Our architect hasn't currently found anywhere suitable aside from a small cupboard under the stairs and it's a bit too far from the front door. The only solution I can think of is to push the stairs back by, say, half a metre, make the kitchen 4.8m deep rather than 5.4m and then fit the coat cupboard in on the right hand side at bottom of the stairs, with a pocket door. We'd put kitchen units or cupboards under the half-landing of the stairs (if that is structurally possible?) so, in effect, retaining a 5.4m deep kitchen. I've mocked that idea up, see below - I would appreciate any thoughts on whether that could work. Any other ideas on how we could fit the cupboard in? Access from kitchen/diner to living room - the architect has suggested inserting two 1.1m pocket doors between the kitchen/diner and living room (one at each end) which can be left open most of the time. That fits our brief for a "broken plan" feel but we're not sure it completely works as drawn at the moment. Presumably it would be better if the dining table was turned 90 degrees? And the pocket door at the bottom is too central on the living room wall and currently opens onto the back of a sofa. Any suggestions for how it could be made better? Any other comments on the floor plans also very welcome.
  9. Yep, we’ve come at it in reverse. It was only after a few people commented in the other thread that the form factor means it might be a PH that we started looking into it properly. South facing to the rear, and more or less a square, and simple elevations aside from a couple of dormers. @Gone West, I’ll have a look thanks. Just wondered if there were people out there who know their stuff on this and could advise us, should it be too overwhelming (we’ve also got two newborns so not a lot of free time on our hands).
  10. Our architect is currently doing what we hope are the final tweaks to our design (which is in a thread in the new design section if it’s relevant). We didn’t set out to build a passivhaus but as we’ve progressed and read more of this forum, a low energy house which uses passivhaus principles (good insulation, airtightness etc) has become more and more appealing. Or a passivhaus if it’s achievable. We also set out perhaps naively thinking that masonry was the obvious way to build as that’s what the majority do but we’re starting to like the idea of using ICF. Still undecided though. Research ongoing. I’m not sure our architect has that much (if any) experience of designing to passivhaus or near passivhaus standards of airtightness etc or ICF. What would you suggest in terms of approach? I’ve seen references to PHPP. Should we be going to someone who can help us with this? I presume we need to find a structural engineer with experience of ICF or passivhaus? Or both? Which is more important if they don’t have experience of both? Anything else we should be thinking about? If we went ahead with our architect and try to design a low energy and/or ICF house, I’m not sure we’ll end up with exactly what we need without it being a painful process.
  11. @TerryE will have a hunt round the forum, thanks. Did you manage to achieve this with masonry construction or did you go down a different route?
  12. Great shout, it's something that has just occurred to us and not currently factored in, perhaps will have to go in the utility space. We're looking at heat pumps at the moment, architect has suggested using ASHP, but the negative reviews about them often not being designed or installed correctly is very off-putting. Looks like they require a lot of space internally for the equipment from the pictures people post online. Architect also suggested considering ICF rather than traditional masonry construction, given can easily get passivhaus standards with ECF, but it doesn't seem to be that commonly used and there seem to be a lack of builders/contractors who have used ICF. Any views on ICF and if worth properly considering?
  13. I think we're inclined to keep the stairs where they are as a focal point rather than end up with a large space that needs filling. But also amend the back as per option 2. Not sure both are feasible but a nice challenge for the architect ?Thanks for your earlier suggestions as well.
  14. Attaching in case pics are too small. Thanks! Large gable at back.pdf Small gable at back.pdf
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