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Fairlands Villa

There are a number of green belt areas surrounding south Manchester, namely around Carrington, Hale Barns and Dunham where the surrounding areas are considered more rural. This site is situated between the lesser known corridor between Chorlton, Stretford and Sale which are predominantly known as urban, residential areas.

Locations
Sale

Category
Single Storey Extension

Scope of Work

  • Survey of existing plot within Greenbelt land in Sale.
  • Proposed plan layout drawing for single storey detached house planned around a central patio area.
  • Design integration of passive and active sustainable technologies including solar panels, green roof and heat pumps.
  • Exterior 3D visualisations showing the design of the canopy, cedar cladding and how the proposal sits within the rural setting.
  • Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture
  • Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture
  • Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture
  • Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture

Having spoken to many homeowners, we noticed a pattern that house hunters were facing steep rises in property prices, mortgage limitations, difficulties with estate agents and being outbid with offers well over the asking price. It was no different for our clients who had experienced a number of years of searching for the ideal property in and around Trafford with no positive end result. They lead them to explore an opportunity to design their own home within a rural setting that would give them the best of both worlds, the convenience of living close to work and amenities, whilst enjoying the quaintness of the surrounding landscape.

Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture

Adjacent to the site are farmers fields and small country paths, and so we sought to turn the house partially inward facing so that the living rooms and bedrooms would all orientate towards a central terrace area, thus retaining privacy. This layout responds to the sun path so that all habitable rooms benefit from generous amounts of daylight. The introduction of large aluminium sliding doors gives opportunity to open up the inside space to the generous gardens and conversely bring the garden inward to the spaces. Creating wide glazed openings was important to ensure panoramic views of the surround areas were maintained and to lighten the visual appearance of the property externally.

Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture

Considering the sustainability credentials and potential issues of overheating in summer, the roof has been designed to over sail the external glazed façade, offering shading from direct sunlight. This also increases the square meter area of the green roof which allows the building to blend against the surrounding landscape. Green roofs can be costly to install and require maintenance to ensure optimal performance, but the benefits long term are significant with providing an eco friendly approach to sustainable drainage, encouragement for the ecology of local wildlife, fauna and insects as well as having internal air ambience benefits.

Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture

Solar photovoltaic panels are also employed to provide a sustainable and low energy consumption for the building. Being a proposed new build property, there are opportunities to introduce active technologies such as ground source heat pumps and air source heats pumps. We take a fabric first approach to sustainable design which many energy consultants would support. This often requires higher performing levels of insulation and improved air tightness measures.

We demonstrated with this scheme that eco homes need not look like wooden shacks with gadgets attached to them. By restraining the external material to slatted cedar cladding we can create a stealthy, low profile look. This modern detached villa cuts into the landscape as a modern sculptural piece of sustainable architecture.

Fairlands Villa Northedge Architecture