Archive for February, 2012

Horton: bungalow extension

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Dormer bungalow extension, Horton, Gower.

Existing ground floor area 87m2.    Proposed extension 25m2.

Design + Build

Building work completed March 2009.

existing ground floor plan

A lovely small c.1920′s dormer bungalow. Nice traditional materials and details but the exiting property had a very cramped kitchen / dining room and only a single reception room. (more…)

Cardiff new build: ‘almost Passivhaus’

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

New build low energy house for private rental, Ely, Cardiff.

Proposed total floor area 84m2

Design [+ build option]

Brief for a cheap to build house with very low running costs, with a design target of  ‘Passivhaus’ energy performance. House to be built by the site’s owner and [first time] developer for private rental.

Passivhaus design, research, PHPP modelling, negotiating building regs and a full construction package tailored to the developer’s experience. Unfortunately the scheme stalled as a result of the financial crisis and remains [as yet] unbuilt.

I have integrated aspects of Passivhaus into almost all my subsequent projects, but would look forward to to doing a new full Passivhaus design + build soon.

Ground floor planFirst floor plan

Passivhaus is a design standard for producing ‘superinsulated’ buildings that lose so little heat conventional heating systems [e.g. boiler + radiators] can be done away with.  The Passivhaus concept originated in Germany, spread to Scandinavia, and is now becoming popular across Europe. (more…)