Wildey House, Welsh border
Located in the village of Garway in Herefordshire, Anne & Brian Wildey secured planning permission to build a new four-bedroom dwelling and garage-studio in the 1.3 acre garden of their existing home.
Extract from readers homes feature, ‘Close range’ – Build It, July 2017:
Brian and Anne used the electricity and water supplies from their cottage while the garage-studio was constructed. After services to the site had been arranged, they sold the house to finance the main build and were able to move into the studio in the meantime.
The couple sought contractors who lived nearby wherever possible…
…Timber frame specialist Taylor Lane, based in Hereford, was equally stalwart throughout. The scaffolding went up fast and 80 factory-assembled timber frame panels – all made from Scandinavian wood – were delivered in three lorry loads before being craned into position. The house skeleton took shape within 10 days, leaving a waterproof structure only three weeks into the build. The roof was in place, while a breathable foil membrane protected the external panelling, ready for internal trades to begin.
An added attraction of a pre-assembled timber frame is the ease with which it lends itself to heat retention. Taylor Lane’s standard insulation only required an extra 30mm of Rockwool on the inner walls and 30mm of rigid insulation to the outer walls to achieve the couple’s strict requirements. Before the plasterboard lining was fixed, the whole house was cocooned in polythene – even beneath the screed floors.
“This amazing bubble technique, which is part of Taylor Lane’s airtightness package, envelops the entire structure,” says Anne. “It means we get no draughts at all. Our EPC rating is A and while we’re not quite at Passivhaus standards, we’re not far off.”
(extract – words: Sophie Gale)