The building’s remote location meant the client demanded that the house be as self sufficient as possible to contend with common power cuts in this rural area. This was achieved by the integration of a combination of Photovoltaic Cells and a Ground Source Heat Pump supplementing the existing massive stone walls with insulation and thermafleece insulation to the roof. This approach resulted in the building receiving an ‘A’ SAP rating – no mean feat for an old stone barn.
The original ‘U’ shaped plan with narrow rooms required the insertion of a new link corridor which retained a very thick stone wall within the heart of the building thus adding to the thermal mass and the performance of the underfloor heating.
The careful attention to detailing of the external fabric, both new and existing, results in the finished building sitting harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.
Northumberland, completed December 2008.