Plot 3

The form of the house is based on a simple rural barn which comes from the setting that is on the boundary of the town, the meadow and river landscapes.

The main house echoes the local vernacular of agricultural buildings and uses modest materials to reflect the simpleform,the walls are timber clad with a profiled metal gable roof. Framing accentuates the important window and door openings, provide relief to the appearance and views and connections to the woodland and meadow. The fall of the land was used to root the house into the site and retain a low profile when seen from the lane.

Naturalistic landscaping to the north is designed to contrast the mass of the house and blend into the meadow landscape beyond.

Photography by Charles Emerson

Sustainable Measures

Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR)

Photovoltaic panels

Natural sustainable materials and reused materials

Environmental construction policy to minimise chemical use and construction waste

Electric car charging and allocated space for future battery installation

Minimal internal structure to allow future alteration

High insulation levels (low U and Y values)

Home working space

Rain water harvesting to a large beneath ground tank

Biodiverse landscaping used

Chippenham, North Wiltshire

Eco Self Build House