Waverley Heights, Farnham, Surrey

The original 1930s Queen Anne style house set in just over 0.30 hectares, was one of many substantial detached houses of the period in this very fashionable Farnham location.

Our residential developer client, Premier Properties Plc, sought to replace the existing house with a much larger new building, comprising ten luxury two bedroom apartments on three levels, two full floors and a roof space.

The proposed scheme maintains the principal of a substantial house set on a large plot and redefines it. The new building uses the Surrey vernacular of the arts and crafts style, prevalent in the area, rather than the classical approach of the original.

Viewed from the front and the rear, the building is symmetrical about the central axis, which enhances its status as a large detached house, whilst internally, it is divided into 10 apartments, 4 on the ground and first floors and two in the roof.

Inside, the apartments are arranged around a central entrance hall with all major habitable rooms looking either to the front or the rear.

Externally the design makes use of steeply pitched roofs, gables, dormers and balconies to articulate the elevations. The eaves line on the end elevations has been brought down to the top of the ground floor windows, so reducing the impact of the building on the neighbouring properties and as a result an attractive veranda has been created. Inset balconies on the front elevation have been used at first floor level to reduce overlooking of neighbouring properties. In keeping with the vernacular style, much use is made of facing brickwork, tile hanging and roof tiles, to blend the building into its surroundings.

The attention to detail, both externally and internally is consistent throughout and was recognised in the achievement of a “Best Apartments” award from the Daily Mail.

Externally the front of the site is informally landscaped to provide 12 car parking spaces with swept and gated entrance of the quality and detail that would be expected of a house of substance,