We couldn’t be happier to announce we’ve recently received Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for the renovation and extension of this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house in Solihull, West Midlands. The original house built between 1955-59 by D. Rosslyn Harper of Yorke, Harper and Harvey for himself. Just one of many FLW inspired homes designed by the practice in the West Midlands. The site was previously refused permission three times before we were involved and working with Jon Lowe Heritage and in consultation with the 20th Century Society, we worked to develop a scheme acceptable to everyone involved.
A new master bedroom with a larger family dining space and generous kitchen were amongst our clients’ main goals for the project. We located the extension at the rear of the property to minimise the impact on the key view identified from the main road. We also suggested reinstating the originally proposed garden wall complete with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired gate to increase privacy and security; and further shield views of the extension.
For the renovation of the existing building, our main concern was to upgrade the existing leaky single glazed windows with new fineo double glazed panels that were able to fit into the existing minimal frames. This coupled with new insulation on the flat roofs and better-insulated walls, will make the house more comfortable in winter and, due to it’s increased thermal efficiency, cheaper for the owners to run.