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Bridge Homes Framework

Client: Bridge Homes

Project: Bridge Homes Architectural Framework

Location: Flanshaw, Wakefield

Families change over time and designing a house to be flexible and adaptable over time is a sound principle. During 2017, we started to research into this area of design and we subsequently developed ten completely new housetypes for our client Bridge Homes. These houses incorporate a lot of fresh ideas, but fundamentally they address the need for houses to be adaptable over a long time and accommodate multi-generational living.

We have considered how we plan the house so that part of it can become self-contained. For instance, two bedrooms with a bathroom can become a one-bed flat with the addition of a small kitchen. This is good for guests or older children who want to be partially independent; it can act as a granny flat for relatives who need care in the future; or provide accommodation for a carer. If your budget gets stretched, it gives the option of renting it out, providing an income to help with mortgage payments. The NHBC Foundation report entitled “Multigenerational Living - An opportunity for UK house builders?” sets out some of the issues surrounding this feature of the housing landscape.

Some of the Design Principles we addressed are as follows:

• Space to live – the importance of good space standards
• Open plan living - able to be used in different ways and provide both Privacy and
• Adaptability - option to reconfigure or extend
• Upside-down living – for those who choose it!
• Volumes – room in roof
• Simple building forms – allowing adaptation