This is a project for an energy efficient extension, resolving an awkward existing extension and providing a lovely open plan space.

Making the most of space and adding value

Mr and Mrs C approached Clare Nash Architecture having lived in their house for over a year and still unsure of how to resolve it’s layout. An existing extension was long, narrow and dark and did nothing to improve the existing house. CNA proposed an energy efficient single storey side extension and a double storey extension. This opened out the downstairs rooms, making a feature of the garden and bringing in lots of light as well as creating a larger bedroom and en-suite upstairs.


Energy efficient extension

However, not just content with extending their home to create more space; Mr and Mrs C also wanted to make the house more energy efficient. Therefore high levels of insulation were included in an extra wide cavity. In the original house we upgraded with internal insulation. Breathable hemp insulation was used in the roof space and a rainwater harvesting tank for flushing toilets and washing clothes was installed in the garden (see picture of the builder in the hole for the tank!).

Project management and overseeing construction

Clare Nash was also appointed to oversee construction on site. She worked with the builder, answering any questions and providing any additional information that was required. Also ensuring that the Mr and Mrs C’s expectations were met in terms of quality and sustainability.

This project is currently under construction.

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