Sun 17 Sep 2023, – Sat 23 Sep 2023, Various
Two homes, two neighbours with a shared love of location and environmental goals, work together to turn their historical buildings into comfortable and beautiful homes fit for the 21st Century. Meet our hosts who will conduct a tour of each property back to back in one unique opportunity.
See how Steve and Angela worked with their neighbours Fay and John to refurbish a Victorian stable conversion into a comfortable, and sustainable oasis for their retirement. This smart and sympathetically designed home includes solar PV ‘slates’, made to look like slate, comprehensive insulation that works with the fabric of the building and cleverly designed home heating including an air source heat pump and liquid underfloor heating. Their research and use of resources has meant they have been able to conserve the integrity of this historic building whilst creating a 21st century home with an EPC B rating – only just missing an A rating.
Steve says: “As a graduate in Ecology and Botany, aware of the drivers in climate change long before such a title was invented, and wanting to do such a project for many years. We (my wife Angela and I) looked for an opportunity for customising a single story home by renovation, and surprisingly stumbled across one in our home village We worked closely with the seller of an old stable block to design and build our ideal home and this is it; a comfortable, accessible, efficient, sustainable, retirement home in keeping with local architecture and built form.”
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Fay and John have been carefully renovating their 15th century farmhouse since 1994, adapting it for their growing family whilst carefully restoring the historic features. See how they have taken their journey further to embrace the 21st century. Through extensive research, planning and resourcing, they have improved the insulation of their home, replacing the conservatory with a garden room, and installed in-roof solar PV and home batteries (both to store solar and in winter to download cheap overnight electricity) to drastically reduce their electricity consumption and fulfil environmental goals
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1.5 hour in-person tour, running:
This is an in-person tour. Location details will be sent in a confirmation email upon booking. Tour spaces are very limited. Babes in arms and young people (14+) are welcome.