Designing Unique Homes

For those with ambitious ideas of creating a unique home, the process can seem daunting. The designers at Johnson Design Partnership explain how they can help.

The Architects at Johnson Design Partnership have completed a variety of projects across Shropshire, the surrounding counties and beyond. The team has a wealth of experience at working with clients through all stages from initial design, through planning and building regulations to completion.

Director and Architect Matt Spinks said “People are inviting us to their homes to objectively look at their space and to propose remodelling arrangements and extensions which will enhance their individual living experience”.

Case Study – A Creative Couple’s House in the Idyllic Stretton Hills.

The team at JDP, first met Dennis and Sally Farrell in February 2017, when they dropped in to one of their first pop up Architects Practice events just outside Ludlow. At that time, they were looking to purchase a house in Church Stretton and needed some advice and ideas for rearranging and extending the property. The purchase later fell through but when they then found another project close by, they got back in touch.

Everyone at the Bridgnorth based practice was delighted they did as they’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with this creative couple to develop a design that specifically meets their live/work requirements. As artists they both needed a separate well-lit workspace as well as comfortable living accommodation. Now just over two years on, together, they have achieved planning permission and transformed a dated three bed bungalow in to an artist’s retreat set in a beautiful location.

The once deteriorating detached garage has been turned in to a studio which is now attached to the main building by a glass link, wrapped around a courtyard garden. The living accommodation has also been reconfigured and updated to provide a modern, spacious, light home. This is now the perfect space in which to relax and be creative within an idyllic rural setting.

Architect Matt Spinks said…

“It has been a great privilege to work on this amazing project for such wonderful clients and create some really exciting and interesting spaces.

The end result has transformed the tired looking bungalow and given it a new lease of life that we hope Dennis and Sally can enjoy whilst creating some special artwork and sculptures”.

What the clients Dennis and Sally had to say…

“It had taken eighteen months for us to decide that we would re-locate to the ‘Strettons’. Moving house for us meant also moving an established ceramics and painting studio, we were concerned about finding a property within our budget that would also have the appropriate space.

It was obvious from our early property searches that finding the perfect ‘fit’ was very unlikely, so we took the opportunity to visit an open information weekend run by Johnson Design Partnership. We were immediately encouraged by what we saw and once we had purchased the property, we invited Johnson Design to visit and take a look.

Our original idea was to do a loft conversion as planning permission was already in place, but after a couple of exploratory meetings it became clear that this was unlikely to exploit the position of the property to its best advantage or indeed answer our need for comfortable bespoke studio space. These design conversations helped us focus on the true potential of the property, gradually the idea of a glass link between the original house and separate garage emerged as the way forward.

The final result is overwhelmingly better than we imagined it might be. ‘The Link ‘ has already become a creative centre, providing a light and airy space connecting inside and outside areas from both studio and house; not only is it a functional dining and living area but a truly peaceful and contemplative place to soak up the stunning changes in light of the sky and the landscape which surround us, but also a space to dream and imagine – a painting or ceramic form in the making?”


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