Lindsay Avenue
Hitchin  Hertfordshire


Two key requirements for this family house, on a small tapering and sloping site in suburban Hitchin, were allowing the north facing garden to enjoy as much direct sunlight as possible and minimising the removal of soil from the site. This was in contrast to an earlier proposal, by others, for a rather generic brick and render box with pitched roof. Our design responds by adjusting the configuration and pitch of the roof, moving living, dining and kitchen areas to first floor level with a corresponding rise in garden terrace, effectively creating a single storey building to the rear.

Materials will include solid timber construction on a platform of cast concrete retaining walls, ground and first floor slabs with unifying cedar shingle cladding to all external walls and roof. Rainwater is to be collected for use in flushing toilets and garden irrigation. Thermal solar panels for domestic hot water and options for ground or air source heating and cooling are also being investigated.

A detailed planning permission was granted in April 2011 and work is expected to commence on site later this year

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