Construction has always been an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, but now a growing number of people are using the online marketplace for the first time to build their own homes.
We spoke to architects from some of the most influential and prestigious architectural firms about the process.1.
The project in question is a new house for the family in an area of London’s capital known as the Notting Hill Gate.
It’s a property that’s been in the family for years, but the family are keen to get the whole family involved in it.
“This is a real estate project that’s meant to be enjoyed by a family for a long time,” says architect Richard Fennell, who designed the home.
“The house has been here for years and years, and the owners really wanted to give it a makeover.”
The main floor of the house is made of the same material as the outside of the property.
Fennells team built a “lawn” that sits on top of a “sphere”, which is a circular platform on the ground.
The ground level has an outdoor balcony.
“We wanted to create a very natural environment, and we’ve made the terrace into an outdoor terrace,” says Fennill.
“It’s got this fantastic garden at the bottom.
The whole terrace is covered in grass.”
A “green wall” sits above the terraces entrance to the garden, which is the main reason the family wanted to build a new home in the area.
“When we built the house, we had no idea it would be such a big deal,” says co-owner Jessica Stilwell.
“I can’t imagine people living in a house with a green wall and nothing but flowers.”
The home is currently being built on an “open” plan with open ground floor spaces.
“If we’re lucky, we can open the whole floor up,” says Stilwell.
“This is the first house that we’ve ever built that opens up on its own.”
Fennell says that he was initially sceptical of the project, but after meeting the family he felt that they were really keen on it.
“They’ve always said they wanted to be involved, and I think they’re really happy to be part of it,” he says.
“And I think it’s fantastic.”
The first step in building the house was the creation of the roof, which was made of two separate layers of foam that can be reused for the entire house.
“Then we made sure that the entire front of the terraced house was covered with the same materials that we had used for the outside,” says Wanda Robinson.
“So it’s all about using the same technology to make sure the whole house is just beautiful.”
The new roof is made from an “insulated foam” that allows the house to remain open during construction.
“All the materials that go into a new roof are very strong, so we knew that it wouldn’t just fall apart when it’s complete,” says Robinson.
The house is currently covered in a “floating canopy”, which acts as a “wind shield” that also acts as “breathing space”.
This allows for the house and its neighbours to be surrounded by the surrounding countryside.
“You can have an indoor garden that’s open all the time, and you can have outdoor gardens that are open all of the time,” adds Robinson.2.
The first two homes built on this design are being built in the Notting West section of London.
The two houses are being owned by the family who live on the estate, which includes a garden on top.
“One of the first things that we wanted to do was to have something that would be really welcoming,” says Robinsons co-owners, Hannah and Richard.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make the garden a great place to live, and it’s a beautiful garden, so it was very important to us to do something that was very welcoming.”
The new homes will be completed by May 2019.
The team also plans to open up the gardens to the public in time for summer, which will allow people to visit the house for free.3.
“A lot of people were disappointed by the original plans for the property, so there was a lot that was left undone,” says Hannah Robinson.
However, she says that the project is “still very much a work in progress” and the team is currently in the process of changing the project so that it is “just a normal house that has been built for a family”.
“There are things that need to be changed to accommodate the family,” says the family’s architect, Richard Fess.
“For example, there are two large windows that are a bit wider than the rest of the houses, and that’s going to make it difficult for the families to have privacy.”
The project is being supported by a number of community