22 Sep 2018
10am to 5pm Saturday 22nd September 2018
Just turn up
A 1930s semi-detached cavity wall in a cul-de-sac in Odd Down with a large, irregular-shaped back garden sheltered by the Wansdyke.
A separate garage to the side was demolished to build a two storey extension and a single storey extension was added to the rear. Once the builder finished the ‘shell’ in Spring 2015 the owners took over to complete the work themselves and the house is still a work-in-progress! As the home is a long-term investment the owners decided to surpass Building Regulations for insulation. The original house had no insulation, heating or hot water which provided an opportunity/necessity to modernise it and harmonise it with the new build. The owners have generally used ‘standard/conventional’ materials available from builders merchants in order to keep the project manageable.
The centrepiece is a wood-burning ‘masonry stove’ which keeps the core of the home comfortably warm and is supplemented by conventional gas central heating; the option to heat water using the stove is being explored. The owners are also implementing ideas outside the house to become more self-reliant in terms of fruit, veg, wine etc and with an allotment they regularly eat meals prepared only with home-produced ingredients. Of particular interest in the future will be ’off grid’ energy, water capture etc ideas that can be retrofitted to a ‘conventional home’.