This 1/6th of an acre plot was secured in August 2008 with planning permission to build a two bedroom detached house. However, a pair of heavily diseased trees on the site had to be felled and as such the foundations needed to be dug to a depth of at least 3 metres. Once completed, recognising the potential of the site, planning permission was then gained for a 5 bedroom house. We added a games room sitting on an identical footprint by adding a basement level and raising one side of the roof by 600mm. In addition to under floor heating a mechanical ventilation system and various energy saving measures were fitted to the property, leaving the property emitting only 60% of the carbon this size house should emit. The result is a property that provides large open plan spaces without imposing on the surrounding houses, and completed in 2009.