Caring for the original dwellers
With hundreds of pipistrelles and a long-eared bat in residence in the original dilapidated farm building, space needed to be created for their new homes. Slits in the cedar cladding provided a home for the pipistrelles and a roosting space above the utility room made the perfect new dwelling for the long-eared bat.
As the bats were using the existing building as a summer nursery the build schedule was tight. The original building had to be demolished in October and finished by the following March, ready for the bats to come back. Carpenter Oak erected the frame on site in just four and a half days.
Cosy and considerate heating
For energy efficiency, solar panels are mounted on the south-facing slope of the roof to provide hot water. An underfloor heating system is connected to an air source heat pump provides heating alongside the double-sided wood burning stove in the snug and open fire in the lounge. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) were chosen to clad the frame, finished in both render and cedar boarding.
“Someone commented that it feels as though the whole house is hugging you because of the oak frame, which I thought was a really good way of describing how comfortable and warm it was”
Homeowner, Victoria Von Holstein.
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