Mark and Clare asked us to turn their derelict cottage in the green belt into a light and spacious home that complemented the surrounding landscape.
The existing house had had several poor-quality extensions added over the years. Internally it was a series of small, dark spaces with poor views and daylight. The house was also visually unattractive as the extensions detracted from the original building.
The site is in green belt so we had significant restrictions on the size of any enlargements. The house was also subject to restrictive covenants that meant a number of late design changes. It£s also hard up against a busy and noisy main road. We worked within these tight constraints to deliver a home that surpassed our client£s expectations despite its modest size.
We organised the spaces with service spaces buffering living and sleeping spaces from the noise of the busy adjacent road. High-performance windows and a well-insulated building also help to keep out unwanted sound. As a result, the house is a quiet retreat from the noise outside.
Our first step was to demolish the existing extensions in order to create a space that would house the main living and sleeping areas. The open plan living, dining and kitchen area feels spacious with a double height slot lighting the space from above.
We added a concrete floor, SIPs panel walls and roof to provide good thermal mass, super insulation and excellent air-tightness. The original shell also has been improved. This high-performance building also means that Mark and Clare have a warm and comfortable home with very low energy bills.
This is the project that triggered our popular stoves in air-tight houses blog post.
Although this was a lengthy project, we were committed to working closely with Mark and Clare to deliver the home they always wanted.
£Paul was always able and willing to help with whatever issues we faced. He remained in contact through the long period to completion. The space is perfect and exactly what we expressed in our brief to Paul.£ Mark Gittins, Self-Builder, Rotherham