A small space with a big personality
Full of character and bright inside, this open plan home makes the most of its relatively small footprint. The relatively steep roof pitch allows for a mezzanine space at either end of the house providing two guest rooms. The mezzanine areas are accessed by loft ladders, chosen to save space and maximise light flow. The main bedroom with ensuite is on the ground floor.round floor.
The oak frame is viewable in every room, an excellent example of how to achieve maximum effect in a small space without feeling overpowering. The striking sling brace is situated in the main living space. “There were cheaper options – but it was the right thing to choose – it’s beautiful,” says Petrea.
A tight budget and eco-consciousness went hand in hand
To keep costs down, specified products and materials were chosen in standard sizes. The majority of the windows are uniform in size. Structural insulated panels provide good insulation, solar panels heat the water and underfloor heating which is topped up with a wood burner in the colder months. Reclaimed Delabole slate adorns the roof of the property.
The natural cream colour of the lime render meant there was no need for further finishes. The floors are finished in an inexpensive softwood and painted with eco products. “Leaving these raw materials on show saves money, reduces environmental impact and is in keeping with the rural, almost agricultural feel of the oak framed building,” says Petrea.
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