The original Garden Cottage was formed from a collection of single-storey elements radiating from an original stone cottage. Due to the condition and limitations of the existing house, which restricted the opportunity for continuous insulation, natural daylighting, and damp proofing; we proposed to completely demolish this and re-build with a new house design of similar massing, form, and relative proportions to the original. A mix of traditional materials was employed, such as white render, timber and corrugated metal. This re-build allowed insulation levels to meet current building standards, and the creation of openings to bring south light into the main living space. A decent level of below ground insulation was installed, and this insulation layer is sustained throughout the building envelope. The construction detailing is modern throughout, and an emphasis was placed on energy efficiency with the use of triple-glazed windows, solar thermal collectors, and under floor heating. The house has a SAP rating of B87.
The design aims to compliment the existing estate buildings, and at the same time to meet the needs of the occupant, creating a light, versatile, damp free, and well insulated home.