joiner, on 15 March 2016 - 06:45 AM, said:
Sounds idyllic. A bit like the place we've been going to for years and where were headed to in June. Likewise down a rough track and completely off-grid...
I know that house - amzing spot! It's in the north of Pembs - we're down south.
tonyshouse, on 15 March 2016 - 08:28 AM, said:
Long and thin is not the best shape, step in the roof not ideal thermally or for water getting in, gable walls are often thermal bridges
Not much we can do about those things - planning.
ProDave, on 15 March 2016 - 08:39 AM, said:
Looks very nice. Very similar idea to the tradional "but and ben" cottages up here.
I would consider a mezanine platform above the kitchen area to give you extra storage space, or perhaps somewhere to sit an enjoy the view out of the gable window.
As in my other thread, I would very seriously think about a timber frame. The masonry element of your walls adds very little to the insulation. With a timber frame and an external wall insulation that can take the render directly, then the whole thickness of your wall is insulation of some form. You should be able to get a thinner wall (= more space inside) that's better insulated than the design you propose. As far as I can tell your only reason for proposing that is you know a bricklayer?
A big wind out awning above the main glass area should give you some shading to stop the worst of the over heating.
The main part of the house needs to be built with a roof hung from a ridge beam to give you the vaulted ceiling. Your gable window design will have to support that ridge beam. You will probably need a couple of A frames to give intermediate support to the rige beam that can be built as a nice feature.
Storage wise we're happy with the ways things are for two reasons: we have the large workshop/garage/utility building adjacent for general storage and we have very little 'stuff'. We put all our things into strorage before going off on our boat and when we got back realised we'd come to enjoy travelling light as it were.
I think I need to dig into the timber frame issue as it'd being suggested everywhere. As I said elsewhere - I've started from scratch with most of this house-building business but I'm familiar with blockwork and that familiarity gives me at least a small and reassuring base of knowledge to work from. I am open to all suggestions though; can anyone suggest a resource to introduce me to timber frame construction?
Crofter, on 15 March 2016 - 08:58 AM, said:
90m2- luxury! My wee project is less than half that
It does all sound rather nice.
The bedroom appears to have no storage. Not quite sure what's going on with the bathroom beside it, there may be some efficiencies of space available there?
Lots of floor to ceiling glass is architecturally wonderful, but I found that once I scaled this back on my own design I was able to utilise floorspace more effectively. Basically, you lose full use of walls if they are made of glass, because you don't want to stick furniture up against them. Coincidentally it helps your thermal performance a lot (the best available triple glazed windows will lose more than ten times what a half decent wall will) and obviously helps the budget massively as well.
Edit: you might want to have at a "R.House" who have some designs very similar to yours, for inspiration.
The ground floor bedroom is a guest bedroom really and has enough space for a wardrobe. We'd probably have a sofa bed in there. The main bedroom is on the mezzanine above the lounge area (maybe not apparent on my plan).
Thanks for the R.House suggestion, they're very similar to what we have in mind.
jsharris, on 15 March 2016 - 09:11 AM, said:
We're finding that most of our solar gain comes when the sun is from the East to the South, and that solar gain is massive in the spring and autumn. Our house is 130m², but with far less East or South facing glass, and it exceeded 25 deg C yesterday before I relented and turned the cooling system on (OK, energy wise, as it was running entirely on PV).
If you can reduce the glazing I would, as you won't need, or want, the solar gain (it's more of a nuisance than a benefit, we're finding) and you can frame views well through smaller windows, so not lose them, but enhance them. As above, even the best glazing is rubbish thermally when compared to a wall, another good reason to use glazing sparingly and with thought as to where you might get the best benefit from it.
There would be a year-around energy saving from having less glass, too, which if living off grid would be a big advantage.
If you do decide to keep all the glazing, then have a look at fitting external shutters or shading. The former are better as you can improve the insulation value by closing off some of the windows with them, as well as reducing the solar gain.
It's taken a while but I'm coming to accept that heat is going to be a problem. We included the large window because of the view to the south-east which is a lovely panorama of woodland canopy to open sea and then offshore island views. In short, we'd really like to keep that big window! I think it's a case of finding the best shade or shutter design.