ground & air source

STOCK SHELTER (Refers to image 1)
A sensitive conversion of a distinctive stock shelter and enclosing courtyard into a dwelling in proportion, form and material that respects the historical precedence of the site and local character, whilst also using natural materials and sustainable technologies. New walls are built of insulated clay blocks with breathable lime render finishes. The dwelling is heated primarily by underfloor heating fed by a ground source heat pump which is supplemented with a wood-burner in the living area. Water heating is supplemented through a high performance evacuated tube solar thermal panel with electric immersion backup.

REDSTONE BARN (Refers to image 2)
The original conversion of this 19th C, 3-cell 2 storey threshing barn and single storey byre was carried out during 1988/89 obscuring the rural character and appearance of the original building. This was addressed as part of a refurbishment of the main property and was then complemented by a contemporary extension.
As part of the works, an upgrade of the existing levels of insulation in the existing building, including lining the walls, insulating the roof slopes and upgrading the ground floor insulation, was completed to enable the installation of a geothermal heat pump, located in the adjacent orchard, to serve a new underfloor heating installation throughout.

DREWSTEIGNTON & STICKLEPATH (Refers to image 3)
Twin affordable housing developments within Dartmoor National Park, comprising four cottage type dwellings on each site, were completed for housing association West Devon Homes in Spring 2011. The schemes respect their village context, meeting the additional design requirements of the National Park, whilst being affordable to construct in recognition of their intended use. They also achieve high levels of energy efficiency through their orientation and highly insulated timber frame construction, which both benefits the environment and the tenants. Space and water heating are provided through air source heat pumps partially powered by photo-voltaic panels.
Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes was achieved, in addition to 'Secured by Design' certification.

18th C LODGE (Refers to image 4)
Set in the Quantock Hills, this 18th C lodge was a shooting lodge dating back to the 18th C. By the 21st C it required complete modernisation, extension and areas of new build in order to be used as modern private residence.

To achieve this, the works included the restoration and modernisation of the main house, provision of additional reception rooms and a bedroom suite in a sympathetic extension and the conversion of courtyard buildings for ancillary accommodation. Additional new build elements included the provision of an indoor swimming pool, external tennis courts and significant areas of re-landscaping.

An important additional consideration was the implementation of sustainable technologies within the property, which included the installation of a ground source heat pump, in order to improve the running costs of the property as a whole. Incorporating sustainable technologies necessitated careful consideration of the different types of construction used in the refurbishment, conversion and new build elements to ensure that the building maximised its sustainable potential, either by the material used, levels of insulation achieved or the technology used to heat the spaces. The works also sensitively integrated specialist technologies and services within both the existing historic fabric and newly constructed elements.