Four houses: Chimes House by David Sheppard Architects
Our brief from a musician client was for a one-bedroom house around a music room on a disused builder’s yard adjacent to a 14th century church in an Environment Agency Flood Zone 3.
We built the new floor off the existing slab and hardstanding in layers of compacted recycled material within a brickwork perimeter wall, which established a working platform for the timber frame. This avoided a major dig, flood risk, party wall acts and landfill costs, with all the services being ducted under the slab.
We used plywood ‘I’ wall stud construction filled with sheep’s wool insulation, Kerto floor and roof joists with a sedum-covered single-ply roof membrane topped with PV and, internally, lime-waxed plywood finishes with larch floorboards.
Within a restricted curtilage we took a fluid approach, intuitively crafting spaces inspired by music and capturing light.
David Sheppard, founding director, David Sheppard Architects