Another recent project, Dewdown Lodge, is now up to view on our project page. Unusually for us, this was not a new build, but a re-build of an existing lodge in Somerset. The result is stylish and energy efficient family home and very happy clients!
"We just want to say thank you. We know this would not have been the easiest build for you nor one that you would normally do (not a new build). But in a way, this is the most sustainable of all – re-imagining an existing building using almost entirely natural materials and going from an EPC rating of E to a B (almost an A). The team were lovely, worked incredibly hard and took real pride in what they did. It shows. "
View more info, photos, drawings and stats from our Dewdown Lodge project
2022 - year of the retrofit?
We have always been keen to take on ‘deep green retrofit’ projects. Provided they are deep enough, green enough, and have scope for some architectural fun and games we are keen. But over recent years, mostly down to the dreaded VAT (the situation re VAT on green refurb projects is a subject for its own discussion….) our clients lucky enough to face the choice between knocking down and re-building, vs saving what they have and improving its performance to somewhere near EnerPhit energy consumption, have opted for the former. It's easy to see why. Cost certainty is so very valuable in its own right and so elusive when dealing with existing buildings.
But we all know the dire need for improving existing stock and, like electric buses, three Clients who have been prepared to face the VAT bill in the interest of the environment, have all come at once!
We are well on the way to completing the re-model and energy upgrade of Dewdown Lodge in the Chew Valley, and have submitted planning for a bungalow re-shape in Easton-in-Gordano and a former cowshed in Bradford-on-Avon.
Sustainable Design & Build in Bristol and Bath, specialising in Passive House construction