In 1961 planning permission was obtained to build 2 bungalows on this site, initially only one bungalow was constructed from Wooloway panels – a concrete wall system made in Bridport and used locally to construct houses quickly. The house was extended in 1996 and remained on the site for 53 years until it was demolished in October 2013. Camillin Denny Design designed a new timber framed contemporary eco house for the site which was to be used as a holiday house.
The concrete floor slab from the old house was retained thereby defining the size and shape of the new house, however, an extra floor was added to one half of the building and also a new lodge building which was located on the site of the old garage. There was a long eared brown bat roost in the loft of the old bungalow and a Licence was obtained from Natural England to relocate the roost, you will see on the rear wall of The Lodge building some thin slots which are the new bat roosts built into the cavity of the building.
Planning permission was obtained in June 2013. The builders started the works in October 2013, demolishing the old bungalow and garage and laying the blockwork base for a timber framed building to sit on. The house is entirely framed in timber, it has high levels of insulation and Canadian Western Red Cedar timber on the outside walls. There is a zinc roof, triple glazed windows, an air source heat pump powering the underfloor heating and solar panels on the roof supplying electricity and hot water to the house.
The house was exhibited at Grand Designs Live exhibition at ExCel London in May 2014 and the construction works completed on 20 May 2014.