Set on a site surrounded by mature trees, the client is building a shared home for 2 households. It is to sit lightly on the ground, both in environmental terms and for the construction.
Designed to sit on steel screw piles, avoiding the tree roots and reducing embodied carbon by eliminating all concrete in the build, most of the rest of the construction is constructed from timber products. Using a timber frame, insulated with recycled paper and timber insulation boards and timber cladding and decking, this creates a super insulated, cosy home. The roof and rainwater goods are recyclable zinc. Internally, finishes include timber and clay plasters on fermacell board. Rainwater is collected in recycled whisky barrels for use in the garden. The small amount of space heating required is generated using an air source heat pump. The garden is zoned to enable food to be grown, bathing in the pond and creation of a variety of habitats. Boundary planting will be a hedgerow of edible plants, available to occupants and passers-by. The clients main form of transport is cycling and hence a bike shed replaces a more standard garage.
The house creates light and cosy spaces. Views to the treetops from first floor and the garden at ground floor create a calm space, with the atmosphere modulated by the sunlight throughout the day and seasons. The client is a keen cook with the kitchen designed to be a sociable space as well as practical for day-to-day cooking as well as seasonal preserving.
The house is also designed to be deconstructed and elements reused at its eventual end of life.
Kirsty Maguire Architect team members: Kirsty Maguire, Alice O’Donnell, Anna MacKenzie, Mike Findlater
Engineer: David Narro Associates
Services: Max Fordham
Quantity Surveyor: Ralph Ogg and Partners
Main Contractor: TBC