High on a hillside in North Lancashire, the client asked us to do something with the property. They wanted to extend into the barn, but after much discussion we decided that the best option was to start again. Being off Grid was a bit of a challenge, but we created a superb modern, highly insulated working Farmhouse which was designed for the family. The house is 2 storey as it is built into the hillside with stunning views from the balcony at the rear.
Case History Cantsfield This project came via a friend of the customer who recommended our work. The Farmhouse was damp and cold. Outbuildings overshadowed the kitchen, and a kitchen extension was planned. The customer had previous experience of renovating a property, and knew what they wanted. So in early October we ‘evicted’ the family, and proceeded to completely gut the house. We demolished the outbuildings, and dug out a large patio area. We took out walls, repositioned stud partitions,took out a large section of house wall and fitted steel beams. All the existing walls were lined with studwork, with a breathable membrane separating the external walls & stud. Rigid insulation boards were fitted between the studs and thermal plasterboard fastened to the studs. All the ground floor has been insulated and underfloor heating laid,& new Electrics and plumbing fitted. We built an extension to enlarge the kitchen, & fitted new windows and doors throughout. The old dairy, which was previously only attached to the house by the roof, has been integrated into the main house to provide a utility room and wet entrance where the owner can enter the house and shed wet coats & wellies. The next phase of the job is to lay floor tiles & engineered laminate to the ground floor. Hopefully we will soon have internal pictures of the finished product. The customer will end up with a highly insulated draught free home, which has been designed & built to their requirements. We have maintained a great working relationship with the customers, even though they have had to put up with a certain amount of upheaval whilst we carried out the work. I look forward to seeing them installed in their new home very shortly.
Case History The challenge was to upgrade a crumbling farmhouse high up in the hills above Kirkby Lonsdale. Situated at 1300 feet up on a very exposed site, with no mains services it was definitely going to need some thought. After due deliberation with the owners Alan & Brenda Middleton, we decided that the best course of action was to demolish & start again. Alan already had a good idea of what he wanted, so it was a case of coming up with some drawings, courtesy of Simon Hargreaves Associates, and deciding how to proceed. We started to strip out the house in April 2012. Demolition & Groundworks were carried out by L&W Wilson, Endmoor. All the stone was stockpiled for re use either for stonefacing or hardcore. Some of the oak beams were re used in the build. The lower section of the house is built into the hillside and is of traditional block cavity wall with stone facing. Concrete beam and block form the floor to the upper section which is then constructed using SIPs panels with a concrete block skin, and stone faced. The Sips panels are highly insulated panels which are built up on site, and as they form the roof structure, they also saved a lot of construction time on a site that needed to be waterproof quickly. The house was built using our own team of Builders, sub contractors from within our own pool, and a couple of specialist sub contractors for the SIPs Panels and floor screeds. The house is heated by underfloor heating and radiators, from an oil fired Raeburn, and powered with PV cells, small wind turbine & generator back up. The family moved in, in February 2013, the main observation being that they had to keep turning the heating down.
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