Arts & Crafts Renaissance

This substantial project, set in a semi-rural location was especially exciting because it incorperated many sustainable elements including, rainwater harvesting and retro fitted external insulation.

Being ‘off-grid’ the house is heated by an oil-fired boiler located in an adjacent outbuilding. The ever increasing cost of fuel made upgrading the thermal efficiency of the house one of the principal project objectives. This was achieved with the addition of underfloor heating throughout the ground floor to provide even distribution of heat. Upgraded insulation to the external walls and roof pitches ensured the heat stayed in and the windows were also replaced with high performance double glazing for good meassure.

To further enhance the project’s green credentials, a huge rainwater harvesting tank was buried below the lawn in the rear garden. The harvested rainwater is not only used in the garden, but also to flush the five toilets and run the washing machine. This installation will save half a million litres of processed water over a ten year period!

As well as the practical objectives, the scheme sought to present the house as a modern family home but retaining the ‘Arts and Crafts’ influences of the original house. Architect Matt Keeler of KSKa worked closely with the clients and other design team members to achieve this.