An Eco-house

Client:  Private Client  | New Forest

This house is designed to respond both to its location and to be sustainable. The site is level at first but then falls away as woodland. Our design concept responds to this by screening the woodland view at the entrance and then dramatically revealing the view on entering the living space. The woodland is managed for wildlife with a natural pond at the lowest level.

The sustainable construction is a timber frame with the walls insulated with sheep’s wool and clad with untreated Sussex grown coppiced sweet chestnut weatherboarding. The ‘green’ flat roof over the living room is planted with sedum and wild flowers, providing extra insulation and nectar for bees.

‘Green’ technologies include heat recovery ventilation, rainwater harvesting and solar panels. This house is now featured in the New Forest National Park ‘Design Guide’ 2011