Gaby and Hans

LMN44

INSPIRATION

When and why did you buy the property?

We bought in 1987, because we loved the location, saw potential for renovating and also got land with the property.

What was your inspiration for your home/build/restoration/extension?

Simplicity, affordability, sustainability

What were your initial plans / intentions?

Initially we wanted to renovate the cottage, but then decided to build extension as well, which included a cheese kitchen for commercial production.

How important was the eco-factor in these original intentions?

Very important, although the extension was built with concrete blocks.

How important was the design?

The design nearly created itself through common sense.

Important was sunlight in the living and working quarters, cool in the larder


TYPE OF HOUSE

Renovated stone cottage with extension and conservatory


POINT OF INTEREST

Our house is at the centre of our organic farm, we used to produce cheeses, breads and vegetables for the local market and were fairly self-sufficient regards food for more than 25 years. Recently we have cease commercial production and now concentrate on teaching courses at our Neantog Kitchen Garden School.


ECO ELEMENTS

siting, internal fittings, conservatory, passive heating


CREATIVE ELEMENTS


ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

Wolf Fischer (a friend)

BUILDER

Gilmartin


MATERIALS

Foundation: Concrete

Walls: blocks

Roof: tiles

Insulation: cork

Finishings: timber and organic paints


HEAT SOURCE

For the water: gas and solid fuel

For the building: gas and solid fuel


WATER SOURCE

Mains


WASTE

Septic tank, Composting, Recycling


GARDEN

The organic farm sourounds the house


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Time scale of build:  over 10 years

Satisfaction rating: Happy!

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