Jim and Mary Smith have left behind their rambling, draughty Victorian house, where they lived for 17 years, to discover a new life in a bespoke, low-energy home built using prefabricated off-site construction methods. After searching for four years the couple came across a dated bungalow ripe for demolition.
The couple discovered Facit Homes at a self build show, and loved their innovative design and build process. The practice proposed an accessible home with an open plan kitchen/dining/living room leading straight out onto a deck through triple-glazed sliding glass doors.
The resulting design is a bold and contemporary response to the surrounding streetscape, filled with light and generously proportioned spaces that closely reflect and respond to their lifestyles.
- Project: Prefabricated self build
- Location: London
- Build time: Aug 2015 – Feb 2016
- Size: 204m2
- Plot cost: £620,000
- Build cost: £620,000
- Value: £1.3 million+
An Eco Build
The house has been constructed of hollow boxes made from engineered spruce plywood which are purpose-manufactured by Facit Homes. These boxes were then filled with insulation on site.
Externally, the timber frame house is roofed in fibre-cement slates and clad in a combination of render and sustainable, untreated cedar cladding, with a pop-out bay to the master bedroom forming a quirky window seat overlooking the garden. There’s even a purpose-built bike store and a ground floor plant room.
Facit Homes also came up with an unusual double-pitch design to give the upstairs rooms wow factor, and means that every bedroom is a different shape. Each of the four bedrooms enjoys a ceiling height of 4.5m at its peak, sloping away to the sides, allowing for a large south-facing roof area to house photovoltaic panels, which provide electricity.