Dunstan's Road

My client Property 1st secured a site with planning permission for two 2-bed houses between Dunstan's Road and Donkey Alley in East Dulwich.

Planning consultant Andrew Hollins advised that the plot was big enough to accommodate a third house. He also felt that larger dwellings for families would be more appropriate for the location. My brief was therefore to develop proposals for a small terrace with three 4-bed houses.

As the plot is surrounded by Victorian terraces, we decided that it was most appropriate to use Victorian period design elements. The client was also particularly keen to use high quality materials to complement the style chosen. I created the floorplans, elevations and sections in discussion with my client and the planning consultant. The site was challenging as there is a steep drop from front to rear and a shallower drop down along the length of the plot.

On the ground floor, each of the houses has a separate living room with bay window at the front, and a large open plan kitchen / living area at the rear with bi-fold doors at the rear facing the garden. At first floor level there are the master bedroom with ensuite, a second bedroom and family bathroom and on the top floor there are two further bedrooms. The houses have private gardens at the rear and off-stree car parking spaces at the front.

To overcome the levels staircases lead down from road level to house level I submitted the planning application and acted as agent. Once planning permission was granted (a number of revisions were required), I applied for the approval of conditions. During construction I worked with the timber frame manufacturer my client had appointed, as well as the structural engineers.

The client used reclaimed yellow London stock bricks, red decorative brick bands, double glazed timber sash windows and timber doors, and slate roof tiles, all of which achieved beautifully finished houses.

The project has been completed and all three houses quickly sold.

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