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Mole Architects completes timber-framed Suffolk eco-home

[FIRST LOOK] Mole Architects has completed this £720,000 ‘low energy’ retirement house in the village of Palgrave, Suffolk

The two-storey house, which stands in the grounds of a grade II-listed farm, was inspired by ‘rectories that typically stand at the edge of villages’.

Built on a sloping site, the 300m² home’s internal split levels are designed to take advantage of the surrounding views. At the top of the house the upper level of the master bedroom sits half a floor higher than the parapet to allow birdwatching, with a projecting roof designed to shelter the room from summer sun.

The house is clad with Western Red Cedar above an insitu concrete base, with the top bedroom level finished in cement fibre.

Designed to passive standards using Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) modelling software, window sizes have been restricted with openings predominantly towards the south and solar collectors are proposed on the roof to provide hot water.

The highly insulated envelope has a final air tightness rating of 0.8, solar photovoltaic roofing is located on the garage roof, and rainwater is collected for garden use.

Project data

Clients Ian and Jane McClintock
Cost £720,000
Total floor area (gross) 300m²
Total floor area (internal) 225m²
Construction commencement November 2011
Completion December 2012
Structural engineer JP Chick
Timber frame Just Swiss/Shoeb
Quantity Surveyor Sheriff Tiplady
Contractor Willow Builders

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