John and Ann Eldridge are in their 70’s when they decided that they wanted to build their dream home, just 200 yards from their existing home of 47 years. See our drone video below of where we are with the project so far!
They felt that their garden was too much for them to maintain, and they were very keen on extending into the garden space for a new low energy home. Richard Hawkes architecture (web link here) took on the role of gaining planning in this area of outstanding natural beauty, which others had declined, and Hawkes Architecture had to submit a full nppf55 application. The planners were so impressed with the design and innovation of the house that they granted planning to go ahead.
John and Ann are both very inspirational people, to take on such a feat at their time of life, but as soon as the new house will be built John said they are off to travel the south of India – there is no stopping these two!!
Point 6 Projects have taken on the challenge, alongside Hawkes Architecture, and are currently on site building a 4 bedroom, timber frame, certified Passivhaus. What helped with planning is that the property will house a thermal store called an Earth Energy Bank, and this innovative system allows for inter-seasonal heat storage, harnessing and storing enough solar energy in the summer months to provide all thermal energy requirements in the winter. The property also has a zinc roof in the shape of a leaf, which was chosen by Ann and their landscape architect to be in keeping with the surroundings and the beautiful orchard that is already on the land. John and Ann will develop this as the build nears completion. One side of the leaf is completely triple glazed so they can enjoy the views over the Cotswolds.
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Image Timeline of Build