Treetops, Keynsham

Creating new homes through a unified approach

Treetops is a sensitive conversion of two existing properties of very different styles and three new build units, visually tied together to form a unified scheme of nine new homes. 

Retaining character

The three elements of this project – a Victorian villa, 1970s house and three new build homes – all presented us with different challenges. Our brief was to create visual consistency across the scheme, while retaining the character and features of the Victorian property and develop nine high quality new homes. All this with the added challenge of a steeply sloping site.

We created different scheme options for the new build homes to determine how much accommodation would actually fit, given the constraints of the gradient. The best mix was decided by looking at the relationship of the new build units to the rear of the existing villa and house. This analysis determined whether to have two- or three-storey new build units, while also assessing build costs at the same time.

One of our client’s requirements was to create three generous homes from the villa, rather than subdividing into lots of smaller ones. The outcome of this work has been very successful and helped retain the property’s character and charm.

Visual consistency

To achieve visual consistency across the scheme, we used a creative approach to landscaping and materials. For example:

  • the single story of stone on the new build homes reflect the appearance of the Victorian villa
  • the use of timber frame across all properties provide visual consistency, while also improving the thermal performance of the 1970s house

Treetops offers a variety of properties to suit a range of tastes and lifestyles; converted and new build homes, character and contemporary properties and a mix of apartments, terraced and detached homes.

The new build houses are unusual with living accommodation on the first floor. These spaces take advantage of the light nature of the timber frame structure and all three properties have far-reaching views from this level. The houses are set into the ground at the rear by a whole storey, which gives the first floor living areas direct access to the rear gardens.

By using a creative and sensitive pallet of materials and a thoughtful landscaping approach, three very different property types now form a truly unified and unique scheme.

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