Energy Upgrade And Refurbishment Of A 1940’s End Of Terrace Former Council House
The brief was to completely refurbish the uninhabitable house and garden, to provide for a modern, minimalist, spacious and light filled interior with a particular emphasis on energy efficiency, concealed storage & low maintenance materials.
Due to the size of the rear garden and the client’s requirements there was no need to extend, allowing the works to be concentrated on improving the existing dwelling.
The existing house had a BER rating of an F, the aim was to upgrade the house to current building regulations and achieve the highest BER rating possible for this house type. This was achieved through the replacement of the doors and windows, insulation and upgrading the electrics, plumbing and heating system throughout.
The existing internal walls, the two fireplaces and the rear wall to the ground floor were removed to create an open plan kitchen, living & dining area to take advantage of the East- West orientation with full height folding doors opening up the full width of the back of the house onto a hardwood deck finished flush with the internal floor level, extending the indoor living space to the outside.
A new fireplace was built, positioned so as to re-use the existing chimneystack and to provide a physical divider between the living and dining/kitchen area.
The existing stairs were stripped back to their original condition and kept, the wall to the stairs was rebuilt with a full height flush door and a door knocked into the side wall to give access to a new utility/ laundry/ store, built to the side of the house, whilst still maintaining access from front to rear gardens.
All the internal walls to the first floor were removed. The bathroom was enlarged to allow for a bath and a new dividing wall with built in storage and alcove was located between the two double bedrooms to the front and rear.
The hotpress was removed allowing for the space above the stairs to be opened up giving a greater sense of height and spaciousness to the stairwell with a new wall built around the stairs and the boiler was removed to allow for a recessed make up room to be located behind full height double doors flush with the new wall to the stairs.
The front & rear garden were designed to provide ease of maintenance and the planting considered so as to achieve all year round interest with a mixture of trees, hedges, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials.
|Site Area:||131 M2|
|Floor Area of House:||54 M2|
|Floor Area of new Utility:||7 M2|
|Total Floor Area of Refurbished House:||61 M2|
|BER before the works were carried out:||F|
|BER after the works were carried out:||B3|