Dorchester Road is a new three bedroom detached bungalow on a backland garden site in south west London. The project was eventually granted planning permission by committee after a particularly protracted and complicated planning process partly due to the nature of the existing backland garden site.
The proposed house is modest in scale and form and had to be designed so as to have minimal impact on the surrounding houses and gardens. Privacy has been maintained whilst giving each room access to the external garden and surrounding courtyard spaces. These external spaces are seen as semi private but link to form a coherent landscape design that links all the different parts of the house. The form of the roof has been articulated to distinguish between the separate volumes of the house with a mono-pitched roof allowing for a low eaves level along the nearest boundary to prevent overshadowing the adjacent garden.
The environmental impact of the house has been mitigated against by the inclusion of sedum matting to the pitched roof and bioretention planting that forms part of a SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) landscaping proposal. A simple palette of neutral materials has been chosen to further minimise the impact of the house on its surroundings.