Highly contemporary oak frame house making use of sustainable technologies
“Highly contemporary, extensively oak framed making use of sustainable technologies and solar gain ”
This client acquired their plot and 1970’s ex-police house on the site in Oxford Road a couple of years ago.
The site itself is within the village development boundary but the part of the site they wanted to build on would put the house outside the building line.
In the first instance they decided to pursue planning permission for a home towards the back of the plot. Whilst likely to be more contentious with the planners, they felt (and we agreed) it was worth a try. Unfortunately although the planning officer felt the design of the house had considerable merit he recommended refusal and the planning committee supported the decision. We then reverted to plan B, to knock down and replace the existing 1970’s house and the new design is for a contemporary oak framed house which is as independent of the utility suppliers as possible.
In our view, any aspiration for an environmentally friendly house has to start with the insulation and air tightness of the construction. The design then has a solar space to maximise the benefits and control of solar gain and a mono pitch roof with a photovoltaic array generating electricity. Heat will be provided by an air source heat pump and rain water will be harvested and used for flushing toilets and garden use. The exterior of the house will be clad in Western Red Cedar under a zinc roof and the basement will accommodate a double garage, utility room and plant room.
This beautiful oak frame ultra-modern home was completed early 2019.