We were commissioned to design two spacious, modern and prestigious family homes to replace an existing bungalow. Each house has a total floor area of 3000sq ft (278sqm). To help add design value, the first floor ceilings were vaulted to change the internal dynamics and provide a sense of space with added volume. The back-land site of over half an acre is set within a sylvan wooded area. It is situated within Ferndown’s special character area. There were constraints to overcome with the design due to the numerous surrounding trees which were all protected with tree preservation orders. The scheme was supported by East Dorset District Council and was awarded planning approval in October 2008.