This fantastic design was the end result of weeks of collaboration between our designers, the client and the planners.
The ancient stone house and its surroundings were grade 11 listed and also in a conservation area so there were a few more hoops to negotiate to ensure a smooth and successful planning application.
As the village is very important to England heritage an archaeological survey was needed in the beginning to ensure that we were not disturbing any of the many ancient ruins in and around the area. This was handled by our planning team in conjunction with our ground crew and the local archaeological society all of which were happy with the outcome.
The functions incorporated into the design were firstly to house this wonderful super car when it isn’t being raced around the Italian country side, as this was to be the main focal point of the internals the design then was how to form a section of the garage/home to enable occasional use i.e. a day room and small kitchen bar area.
This was decided to form the rear part of the large garage/garden room, this gave us 3 functions to the ground floor.
The first function being a show room for this beautiful ferrari, the second being the day room and thirdly splitting the two was the kitchenette/bar.
After deciding the extent of the internal ground floor the idea then was borne to use the two internal Oak trusses to form the support of a mezzanine floor, this was imagined as another area possibly an office area with occasional seating.
After this was drawn up and presented to our client the decision was to go with the mezzo design .
In hindsight it was a great decision as the mezzanine floor with its shaped glass balustrade works wonderfully with the huge vaulted space created by the use of 4 Oak waisted king post trusses.
The two open bay carports offered easily accessible covered areas for vehicles but almost as importantly help reduce the aesthetic impact of the side elevation of the main structure by softening the feel with the use of the open oak trusses in the covered bay design.
With bi-fold doors opening onto a new terrace in front of the tennis courts this maximises the position of the rear of the structure whilst the solid oak garage doors open perfectly onto the extended gravel drive.
We also incorporated a small wc and store room accessible from the main internal room creating a complete self contained structure with water, heating and all amenities which will allow for all eventual uses.
This project has reached the goal of maximising space and design to an understated multi purpose structure that sits beautifully in the existing grounds of a listed elegant stone home.