|David Hobbs Chartered Architect Ltd|
|Sympathetic, Sustainable Design|
South Lodge stands in one acre of landscaped gardens bordering a local golf course. The original building, believed to have been a gamekeeper’s cottage, dates back to at least 1888 and is unusually characterised by octagonal shaped rooms.
Julia Cox and Colin Frost first commissioned David to design a new entrance area and lounge concentrating on maintaining the octagonal characteristics and vaulted ceilings with roof lights to complement the existing bungalow. A little while later David designed a new wing incorporating two luxury en-suite bedrooms.
In 2007 Julia and Colin approached David once more as they wished to create three en-suite bedrooms to provide luxury boutique bed and breakfast accommodation.
The resultant design is a new wing with access to the main house, garden and car park. The largest bedroom and en-suite is fully wheelchair accessible and the room has its own disabled access and dedicated parking. External materials blend in seamlessly with the existing house. High thermal insulation values, a ground source heat pump, solar panels, a whole house heat recovery ventilation system and rainwater harvesting are just some of the sustainable features used in the project.
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The architect's innovative, yet practical and sympathetic design; the high quality of the build and the clients' superb interior design skills in sourcing the internal fittings and decoration - including bespoke lighting and original artwork - have all contributed to a most successful project and South Lodge is greatly admired by all who visit.
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The project received 'runner up' certificates for two Local Authority Building Control Awards in 2008, Best One Off House Extension and Best Sustainability Innovation.