We had a lovely evening out in Exter recently with the team from WM Construction as a completed project in Kingsbridge was a winner at the 2022 Devon Building Control Awards. The project at Kelly Mews is a terrace of 4 houses situated off Fore Street and was awarded a Silver prize in the “Best Small Development” category.
The development comprises 4 terraced houses accessed from a lane between properties at the top of Fore Street in Kingsbridge. The three 2-bedroom and one 3-bedroom homes were completed in 2021 and are now being rented to local families. The site presented several challenges with restricted access, mature trees, and a high stone wall along the northern boundary.
The houses are situated along the northern edge of the site, with a maintenance path between the buildings and the substantial level change along northern site boundary. The garden areas were positioned to the South of the terrace, to maximise natural light and outlook. The site layout also references the traditional alley mews that are situated throughout Kingsbridge, stepping down the hill behind the high street.
The orientation and position of the buildings within the site meant that we had to approach the design differently to a typical terraced house. An open plan living / kitchen area and both bedrooms are positioned at the front of the properties to benefit from the best natural light, access to the gardens and views over Kingsbridge. A small porch area provides an important buffer between the outside and the open plan living space. Stairs, bathrooms, and storage were all arranged along the northern elevation and the clever use of space even allowed for a modest, dedicated utility room. The separate utility space allows the noisy appliances like washing machines to be located away from the kitchen, which is an important design consideration when creating open plan living spaces.
The houses all comply with National Space Standards, ensuring that even in a modest property the rooms can support a growing family and there is plenty of dedicated storage – something that we feel has been lacking in many developments over the years.
It’s always a pleasure to work with the talented team at WM, and we’re proud to have helped bring this project to life to provide high quality homes for the local community.
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