When one couple bought this site in Guernsey which came with a three bedroom bungalow on the plot, their intention was always to renovate or extend the building to create additional space.

However, after running through designs with local architect Esther Male of CCD Architects, it became clear that a new two-storey replacement dwelling could be achieved for a similar price which wold also guarantee the extra space the couple required.

The house acts as a contemporary interpretation of the local vernacular of the island. Rendered walls were specified, as using this material would be more likely to get planning permission. Glazing also features heavily, allowing light to enter the property.

Project Notes

  • Project: Contemporary package build
  • Location: Guernsey
  • Build time: Five months

With the couple looking to adopt an energy-efficient approach to their new home, they chose German package company Hanse Haus, who their son and architect Oliver Grimshaw works for. While Hanse Haus build energy-efficient package build homes as standard, they do also offer the ability to reach Passivhaus performance levels.

“My parents chose the standard Hanse Haus 30cm-thick wall and went with an air source heat pump and photovoltaic panels, which sit on the roof of another structure on site — it powers the air source heat pump. When the sun is shining they get free water and electricity,” says Oliver.

The Package Build Process

On average for a package build, it takes two to three days from delivery of the prefabricated frame to site to completing the watertight stage. With access to site proving a challenge, this project took eight days to get watertight. It was then a four to five month build on site.

Besides the quick build time, going down the package build route is also an ideal solution for risk-averse clients given that the house is built in a factory under close observation and every element is inspected down to the finest detail so the quality of the product is exactly what you pay for. A final benefit of home’s such as these is that the cost is also set at a fixed price, so there are no estimates or hidden surprises at the end.

An open plan kitchen diner provides modern day living in this Hanse Haus package build

A simple palette of white walls and timber flooring has been selected throughout the ground floor spaces, with tiles zoning the open plan kitchen off from the dining area

Rooflights in the bathroom spaces bring natural light into the home

A roof light has also been installed in the top floor bathroom to bring light into the rooms within the roof space

A roof light above the timber staircase in this package build home from Hanse Haus allows light to enter the centre of the footprint

Thanks to a roof lantern above the staircase, the centre of the plan is filled with natural light

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