Eco House in South Norfolk
PROJECT: Eco house
WHERE: South Norfolk
This is a fascinating project which is likely to be of interest to many of those living in Norfolk who are trying to move away from using an oil-fired heating system.
The current property is a 1950s-style, detached home, which was given a large extension in the 1970s and relies on oil for its central heating and water.
Set in lovely grounds, the owners are keen to carry out a self-build in part, smartening the house up, extending the accommodation and making the property more eco-friendly.
The extension will be across two storeys and will include a spectacular new kitchen, dining and living area, as well as additional bedrooms and bathrooms.
It will incorporate lots of glass and will feature a beautiful new staircase to improve the flow and contribute to giving the whole property a stunning, new contemporary look.
From the eco angle, the aim is to increase levels of insulation, fit new windows –
with high levels of thermal performance and insulation – and install under-floor heating, to be served by an air source system.
The clients were also keen to have solar panels fitted and so these have been cleverly set into a recess, where they don’t compromise the new overall look of the house.
The drawings have been submitted to the planners and are currently awaiting consent; the aim is to start building work in the spring.
This is an interesting project, from aesthetic, functional and eco points of view, and it will be exciting to see it come to fruition.