This new ‘L shaped’ four bedroomed house was designed in close collaboration with the client, a skilled self-builder with a keen interest in sustainable and energy efficient design. The house will replace a bungalow which is in need of replacement due to its dilapidated state which makes it unsuitable for improvement and continued use.
A project of this type, involving a new or replacement house, requires an in-depth knowledge and experience of planning policy and a sound understanding of the planning system, especially as the site was close to a conservation area, and listed buildings. In this case we were able to advise on a suitable strategy for negotiating the planning process, and then steer the planning application to a successful conclusion having consulted closely with the Tree Officer and Conservation Officer.
A key part of the client’s vision is that the house should be environmentally efficient with a high performance and super insulated construction, and minimal energy demand. To achieve this, the Passive House standard of design and other sustainable building techniques have been adopted.
It is proposed to construct the new dwelling with a highly insulated timber stick frame structure. In the case of the secondary wing, this will be clad externally in cedar feather-edged boarding, whilst the main wing will be coated in a breathable lime based render using recycled glass aggregate. The roof will be pitched at an angle of 35 degrees as this is the optimum angle for PV panels, and will be covered in natural slates.
Construction is due to start in Spring 2017.