This house replaces a large bungalow in a Berkshire village and is constructed partly utilising the existing foundations and ground floor slab.
The owners with their family moved in to a mobile home in the front garden and managed the project themselves. It comprises pre fabricated SIPs (structural insulated panels) from SIPs Industries who supplied and erected the building in 7 working days during the summer. Within a further three weeks the roof was completed, fully tiled with soffits and fascias, all in natural cedar. The finish to the walls is a flexible render on backing panels or cedar, all of which the owners fitted; windows are by Velfac. The owners completed sufficient of their home to move in at the end of November, dispense with the mobile home and take two weeks off for Christmas. They are continuing to fit out the house with specialist help only where needed.
They anticipate having their home fully completed by Easter and work could progress more quickly if they were not frequently showing interested visitors around!
A self managed, traditional construction but with a high degree of insulation and high performance windows on a site near the river Thames in Oxfordshire.
The ground floor is raised 600 mm above the ground level but even in these present conditions the site is not flooded.