Scandia-Hus Case Studies -

Downsizing to a more energy efficient future

When Mrs Bishop decided to embark on the self build journey back in 2006, she knew that she wanted to remain in the village which had been home to her for over 35 years. As her children had flown the nest, Mrs Bishop felt that her property and generously sized garden were too big for one person. At this point she decided to section off the garden, leaving the existing property with a smaller parcel of land. Looking at the sectioned off land, it was clear there was enough space for two new homes; indeed the local planning authority said there should be two.

The idea of building a timber frame house and the environmental aspects that came with choosing this style of build were very appealing to Mrs Bishop. Visiting exhibitions and chatting with people together with having heard of their reputation for quality and reliability led Mrs Bishop to choose Scandia to help her with this project.

When it came to the type of design for her new home the initial thought was to choose a standard design from the company’s portfolio but subsequently she decided to sit down with her Scandia Project Manager and created a design that fitted her requirements more closely. The exterior appearance of the new house successfully blends in with the village, whilst the interior reflects the light and white contemporary feel that Mrs Bishop wanted.

The planning process began in October 2006 with planning finally being granted in January 2009. This took longer than expected due to various planning issues. Mrs Bishop greatly appreciated the helpfulness of Scandia throughout this stage.

Four months later in May 2009 the first digger arrived onsite to start the groundworks for the house and garage. The timber frame kit arrived in July and working at the customer’s pace the house was finished in late 2010. During the construction of her new home Mrs Bishop continued to live in her existing property, not only giving her somewhere to live but also the opportunity to prepare that house for sale.

Additional costs did add to the overall budget for the project, but the results of having a beautifully landscaped garden and the addition of photovoltaic cells on the roof will make these worthwhile for many years to come.

Downsizing also allowed Mrs Bishop the opportunity to build a home which was more energy efficient with lower running costs and to incorporate eco friendly and sustainable products. On the roof, thermal and photovoltaic panels were added to produce hot water and electricity, whilst a rain water harvesting tank (which can hold 5,000 litres) was added to water the garden and pump water into the house to flush the toilets.

The project management of the build was handled by Fred V Collins Builders and Mrs Bishop was fully involved throughout the build.

Mrs Bishop’s favourite parts of the house are the Kitchen and Sitting Room, both of which benefit from dual aspects and French doors leading onto the back garden. Another space which she enjoys is the attic room which has a floor to ceiling window giving wonderful views over the rear garden.

Mrs Bishop has now begun with Scandia-Hus the process of building a second house on the plot.