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ID Architecture wins approval for £420,000 Upside Down house


Growing Grimsby-based practice ID Architecture has won planning permission for this £420,000 family home on a steeply sloping site in Ulceby, North Lincolnshire

The 380m², five-bedroom scheme, dubbed the Upside Down house, will appear as a two-storey building from the street but a single level pavilion from the rear garden.

Black brick will be used to clad the ground floor, which will contain the bedrooms, with an anthracite zinc finish proposed for the upper-level living area.

Work is expected to start on site in May and to be completed next Spring.

Ground floor plan

Ground floor plan

Architect’s view

Located in Ulceby, North Lincolnshire, the site is accessed from an atypical residential street but what is interesting is the topography on the plot. The entrance into the site is at road level before steeply rising 2m at the rear, offering the opportunity to work with the change in level within the layout of the property. Consequently we took the approach to give the appearance of a two-storey property from the street, but a single storey pavilion from the private garden at the rear.

At ground level the house is wrapped in a black brick, which is also used as a face to the retaining structure for the sunken bedroom courtyard, while above, an anthracite zinc finish wraps the walls and roof, creating a distinct element. The first floor utilises an asymmetric pitch roof to create intimate play areas for the children in the lowest section whilst a double-height vaulted space over the dining area allows natural light to flood the principal living spaces through high-level glazing.

The majority of the site fell outside the development boundary of the village and, through careful consultation with the planning department, approval was granted under delegated powers, although the house itself sits outside the boundary.



Project data

Location Ulceby, North Lincolnshire
Type of project House
Client Private
Architect ID Architecture
Structural engineer Grishele Higgins
Energy consultant EB7
Main contractor TBC
Funding Private
Tender date May 2017
Start on site August 2017
Completion May 2018
Contract duration Nine months (anticipated)
Gross internal floor area 380m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional JCT SBC
Total cost £420,000




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Readers' comments (3)

  • 'Black brick' and 'anthracite zinc finish' - I wonder how long the fashion for darkness will last?

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  • Can we get an update on the actual cost when its complete next spring? Its currently £1100 per square metre for a £2500 per square metre house!

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  • Paul ordinarily I would agree with you but in this instance the budget was established by working closely with the client who is in the construction industry and consequently is in a position to negotiate a number of the elements down in cost. I'll happily to provide an update on costs as work progresses.

    Robert, in regards to the darkness, although it follows a trend that many architects and clients alike seem to be enjoying we really wanted to create a striking contrast from the exterior shell and it's light filled interior. Nestled in it's garden the zinc should become a striking addition.

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