As with many of our new build projects, The Bothy is a replacement for an existing dwelling that has reached the end of its life. Such projects present the opportunity to greatly improve the built environment of the New Forest, and also address relevant issues specific to the site.
Here, the existing dwelling sits in a flood risk zone. What exacerbates this issue is that it is a low lying single storey building. Were this property to flood, the fact that there is no high level refuge would not only be disastrous for the occupants, but would also cause significant complications for the emergency services attempting a rescue. This coupled with the fact that the existing dwelling is hugely energy inefficient, and works to remedy this would amount to an almost total rebuild, means there is a very strong case for replacement.
The first priority to address in the design of this replacement dwelling was the provision of a first floor. As recommended by the Environment Agency, this will provide a refuge in the event of a flood. Flood resistant construction and a raised ground floor level will then ensure minimal damage should the property ever flood.
This new dwelling was to be of a very modest size, at just 99 m². For this reason, the majority of the internal spaces (at both ground and first floor levels) are configured in an open plan arrangement. This ensures maximum flexibility, and makes best use of natural day lighting.