This scheme involves the conversion of a group of redundant farm buildings to residential use. The principal aim was to create a modern, energy efficient dwelling, which would respect the character of the existing buildings and greatly improve their setting in the surrounding landscape.
Sustainability issues were at the forefront of the design and many energy saving issues have been incorporated, including:
• the use of local building materials & local building skills;
• a heat pump to provide all hot water and underfloor heating;
• sheepswool as the insulation material;
• a rainwater harvesting system for wc’s and washing machine;
• use of organic paints throughout and an ultra efficient multi-fuel stove.
The resulting scheme is an innovative and highly sustainable conversion, which creates an interesting juxtaposition between the traditional building features such as the timber frame and contemporary additions including the steel frame and the stainless steel staircase linking the newly inserted first floor. The imaginative use of natural lighting is evident throughout the whole building giving the interior a distinctive light and airy spatial quality.