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Designing a new house in the centre of Harpenden within the Conservation Area can create challenges different from those in other parts of the town. Blending in with an existing strong architectural character of the road becomes a necessity.

This was the design issue that we were presented with in Roseberry Avenue, Harpenden, where we were knocking down an old 1960s house which was surrounded by more substantial Edwardian type houses of a strong architectural character.

What we managed to achieve through our planning approval was a handsome brick build, twin fronted house which followed similar proportions and features of the neighbouring houses. Inside the building was of a more contemporary design with a feature double height entrance hall, and a glass balustraded oak staircase.

A dramatic vaulted pitched roof sits over the main dining area, with two large conservation velux roof lights over this main focal space of the house.

A more intimate garden room area was also created linking to the garden at the rear. This new family home sits comfortably within the existing Conservation Area pattern of houses, yet also provides a modern contemporary living space within. It was not appropriate here to create a stand out piece of modern architecture but, instead, a contextual house of materials and forms to mirror those in the road.

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