The house is situated in a country lane with a variety of vernacular styles; some are old cottages and some are former farm buildings. Internally the plan was compromised by previous changes with an L shaped living room and staircase that was awkward. The front of the house from the outside lacked presence. The final proposal gave a solution to all of these points. By turning the staircase through 90 degrees and having a raised double height entrance area this space works well now and the living room is now a rectangle over 5m x 6m. The house also now has a distinct identity on the street.