Our clients here had a small cottage with extremely narrow stairs to a limited head height loft area. It quickly became clear that a replacement dwelling was the best option. We designed a timber frame flat roof house; this has achieved Passivhaus target for energy efficiency. The completed project is not yet certified, but that is the clients’ intention.
The house was built by local passivhaus / timber frame specialists, Mike Whitfield builders. With some interruption for lockdown in 2020, the house was complete Summer 2020.
The flat roof satisfied part of the brief that the clients wanted space to use their telescope for star gazing; it also gave perfect position for the photovoltaic array.
The compact near-square plan optimised form factor and makes for an efficient affordable build.