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We completed this project for a brilliant couple in Beaminster, Dorset so they could enjoy their retirement relaxing and entertaining guests from a low energy, low footprint contemporary home.

We worked with the fantastic designer Tony Browne from Design-projects to realise this exciting project for the clients.

Originally planned as an extension and renovation project it quickly became apparent that the existing structure wasn't fit for purpose, coupled with the reduction in VAT benefit (20% for an extension/refurb compared to 0% for a new build) meant that a decision to change the planning permission to new build was an easy one.

After considering many build methods we opted to go with a bespoke stick-built timber frame filled with mineral wool insulation coupled with a layer of pir insulation on the inside face. All junctions were considered to reduce heat loss, cold bridging and air leakage.

The home benefits from:

  • Super low u-values

  • Air leakage score below 1m3/hm2

  • Air source heat pump

  • Mechanical ventilation & heat recovery

  • Solar PV

  • Battery storage

  • Private water supply from a borehole onsite

  • Sewage treatment plant

  • High-performance composite doors & windows

Thanks to these features this really is an ‘off-grid’ home with high-quality finishes.

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