14 12, 2018

The role of wood in eco-design

2019-02-13T13:59:56+00:00

Now that the builders have gone and the dust has settled (in some places I've even managed to sweep it up) I've got time to write about the interesting design and construction features of our extension. This post is about wood and how we used it both structurally and aesthetically to improve the sustainability of [...]

The role of wood in eco-design2019-02-13T13:59:56+00:00
6 11, 2018

Rain chains – when and how to install them

2019-02-13T13:59:44+00:00

Of all the things I thought people would be interested in about our eco-extension, it wasn't the rain chains that came to mind. But, they are the feature that everyone asks about! In July last year I wrote a post extolling the virtues and beauty of rain chains but that was before we'd put them [...]

Rain chains – when and how to install them2019-02-13T13:59:44+00:00
26 03, 2018

How to make your building project more eco

2019-02-13T14:00:11+00:00

In this blog post I'm going to give you a few tips on what you can do to make your building project more eco-friendly. With the way the UK government has approached the green building agenda in the last 5 years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's no life left in it. There may [...]

How to make your building project more eco2019-02-13T14:00:11+00:00
27 02, 2018

Goodbye to the cavity wall – Guten Tag! to the fired clay block

2019-02-13T14:00:42+00:00

I'm not sure whether it makes me feel good or bad knowing that our new extension is being built in the same way as a Lidl supermarket. What does make me feel good though is knowing that one of the most cost-conscious retailers has endorsed this new, environmentally sound method of construction. When I say [...]

Goodbye to the cavity wall – Guten Tag! to the fired clay block2019-02-13T14:00:42+00:00
19 07, 2017

Be inspired by guttering – the beauty of rain chains

2019-02-13T14:01:07+00:00

Last summer when we were staying in the Alps I noticed that our idyllic chalet-hotel had an intriguing alternative to traditional downpipes. Instead of solid black pipes to transport the rainwater from gutter to drain it had simple, chunky chains. Not only did they add interest but they were completely mesmerising when it rained because [...]

Be inspired by guttering – the beauty of rain chains2019-02-13T14:01:07+00:00
20 02, 2017

Tackling the roof

2019-02-13T14:00:54+00:00

After that first winter of wearing dressing gowns in bed and cuddling hot water bottles it was clear that we needed to do something to make the house warmer. The fact that frost never stayed on our roof identified it as the problem. For many houses, fitting loft insulation is a straightforward job with a quick [...]

Tackling the roof2019-02-13T14:00:54+00:00
24 10, 2016

Breath is life – why buildings need to breathe

2019-02-13T14:01:20+00:00

Talk to anyone about old buildings and they tell you how important it is to let them breathe. Having only recently understood what this means, I find myself using the word breathability in the same way as I use the word sustainability - with the assumption that everyone knows what I'm talking about. So, for [...]

Breath is life – why buildings need to breathe2019-02-13T14:01:20+00:00