The design brief was to create a Luxury Eco friendly new build project in Harrogate utilizing minimal glazing throughout and achieving code 4 for sustainable homes.
This luxury new dwelling comprising generous living spaces including a swimming pool and home cinema in the basement has been designed to allow each level to enjoy the benefits of close links with a private garden. The house was constructed using insulated concrete formwork for the walls and SIPS panels for the roof. This has resulted in a highly insulated building which is fundamental to achieving the sustainability criteria adopted by Harrogate Council for all new-build houses (minimum Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes).
The windows and glazed doors are either thermally efficient triple-glazed or double-glazed with an insulating transparent film; floors and flat roof areas are heavily insulated such that a continuous envelope of insulation is wrapped around the exposed elements of the building. The house has underfloor heating which is served by air-source heat pumps and there is a combined heat and power unit for the swimming pool which generates electricity as a by-product.
The house is clad in a combination of cedar, a polymer based render and coated metal panels with natural slate for the roof. The use of SIPS panels for the roof has enabled the full internal volume of the house to be utilised, creating spacious interiors throughout. This is fully emphasised in the two storey dining area which has panoramic views of the garden, the space being intersected at first floor level with a bridge link to the master bedroom.
A favouite key aspect for the team is the Double Height Glazed Link.