New build home in Winchester
On this build we are removing the existing property and replacing it with a fresh new build. The clients bought the plot with this in mind, knowing that the old bungalow was too far gone to save, but that it would give them the oportunity to live a dream I think most of us have had; to build their dream home.
The building has been designed to be an open plan 4 bed home with comfort and convenience in mind. The entrance hall allows penty of space for welcoming guests, with huge double stacked windows flooding the space with natural light and highlighting the feature balcony above. A spacious kitchen diner will open onto the deck with large bifold doors, allowing diners to take in the view while they eat, but not disturbing others relaxing in the seperate lounge.
Upstairs, there will be 4 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms and 2 using the large main bathroom. Each will be generously sized with wide glazing, particularly the master bedroom which will also benefit from a walk in wardrobe and that incredible view.
This is an exciting project for us and we can’t wait to see the finished product!
The garden is coming along nicely and you can finally start to get a feel for what a lovely outside space this is going to be. It makes a big difference after months of being a building site, and with the clients green thumb in action it’s beginning to look like a real garden.
As the garden moves towards being handed over we are starting to work our way to the front. The drive has been mostly cleared and some old shrubbery removed to open up the space ready for paving and tarmac.
With the interior almost wrapped up and the sunshine coming, we are turning our attention to the exterior of the property. With the scaffolding finally down the house forms a stunning backdrop to the pictures below.
The back garden of the bungalow that stood on the site hadn’t seen much maintenance in a very long time, and this was a perfect oportunity for an overhaul.
The entire garden has been scraped to remove very established weeds and to create a more level area for a new lawn, and the delapidated garage has been removed to create space for an outside kitchen, the dream of all keen barbeque enthusiasts.
Sleeper planters are being built to border the lawn and 15 tonnes of topsoil spread before turf will be laid, and the beautiful new garden will be viewed from a raised decking area.
With Rosewood, where there’s a will there’s a way, so what do we do when there’s no room to back a lorry on the drive for the top soil delivery? Lewy gets the big truck out to fill up wheelbarrows!
The wiring and plumbing are nearing completion, and the plant room is almost there, so the house is pretty much up and running now. While the kitchen and other interior parts are on their way we have turned our attention to the outside, building the retaining wall to create a much easier to use driveway for additional offroad parking. When filled with concrete these hollow blocks are absolutely solid, and if the weather ever decides to play ball they’ll be rendered to perfectly match the finish on the house!
27th January 2021
The roof is fully insulated, plasterboard is being installed downstairs and the top floor is almost plastered.
We started on the upstairs with this project, as the concrete floor downstairs need to be polished, and the client can move onto final finishes upstairs to get moved in as soon as possible.
The roof is now complete and windows installed, finally making site completely water tight. This allows us to move on to dry works inside, including pastering and final finishes.
The client went for a slate roof which is a strong favourite with Rosewood, giving a beautiful timeless finish. Slate is an incredibly hard wearing material and has been used in roofing for centuries. Well maintained slate roofs can last decades and have been known to last centuries, after all its hundreds of millions of years old before it ever get’s to your roof! There’s very little that compare to a stunning roof finish like this.
We are now reaching a height where lintels can be fitted over windows and doors. This gives the actual size of the openings so the space really starts coming together. In the pictures you can see the internal walls coming up. In this project the downstairs walls are all built from solid blockwork, which provides a lovely solid structure for the upstairs floor to rest on. It’s generally a nice way to build the walls as they have a much more solid feel than wooden stud walls and provide much better sound insulation.
Less than 6 weeks in and the blockwork is flying up. For this project the design is using blockwork both inside and out, with a render finish. Not only is this a very modern look, but it allows for excellent build times as blocks are much larger than bricks so larger areas can be built in the same amount of time. A render finish can also be more thermally efficient than bricks and improve protection from damp, so it’s a great choice.
The foundations have been dug and poured. The first course of blocks have been laid and the garage block and beam floor has already been installed. If you look carefully you can see the layout of internal walls forming for the bathroom and utility room. At this stage you can see the footprint of the entire new house, and the clients are able to walk around the ground floor of their new home.