[First look] Meldarchitecture has won planning permission for this 130m² timber-frame family home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Replacing an earlier proposal for a brick and render ‘box with pitched roof’, the project responds to a tapering and sloping topography by moving the living, dining and kitchen areas to first floor and creating a single storey building to the rear.
According to the London-based practice, the design will maximise sunlight in the north-facing garden and minimise the removal of soil.
The roof and walls at first floor and above will be clad in open-jointed timber with conventional brick clad cavity and concrete retaining walls below.
The house will also collect rainwater for flushing toilets and garden irrigation while thermal solar panels will provide domestic hot water.
Planning permission was granted by North Hertfordshire District Council in April.