House for Gardening Fanatics on a Sensitive Site

Client: Private
Completed: 2012

Budget: Undisclosed 

"We are so glad we took your advice and persisted with Rushcliffe because we love our new house and are very happy that we have been able to stay in the village. We look out of those windows each day and appreciate how lucky we are. We have been very impressed by the professionalism and attention to detail that you and your staff demonstrated – you were always there when needed and we could not have asked for more.

Our clients approached us in late 2009 to discuss the possibility of developing a new build house in the garden of their existing house. The site is located within a Conservation Area, on the edge of the village envelope. Following an initial conversation with the local council it was suggested that any planning application for a new house would be refused. The building was designed to have as little impact on the site as possible, and we worked alongside a local planning consultant, to gain planning permission for the contemporary new house in early 2010.

The eco home is designed for the client to enjoy their retirement, in a house that would be cheaper to run than their previous draughty home. The mono-pitch roof features a sedum blanket, which was chosen to enable the building to sit comfortably within its setting, whilst incorporating our clients keen interest in gardens and planting. The building is earth sheltered to the north, to help reduce heat losses and its impact on its surroundings. Full height glazing to the south connects the house with the garden, and takes advantage of the surrounding rural views and natural passive solar gains.

The eco credentials of this single storey house extends to a number of technologies, which include a ground source heat pump, solar photovoltaic panels, rainwater recycling and a whole house mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system. Our clients are pleased to report that the annual running costs are minimal and they are also able to generate an income from the surplus energy generated, using the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).