Thursday, 9 February 2012
Even though I only refurb and renovate period houses using mainly traditional materials and techniques I am not by any measure a purist as living in a museum wouldn't be much fun ( living by candle light has a limited appeal as I once found out). Modern kitchens and bathrooms are a must although the modern effect is easily mitigated by the use of complimentary materials. A project in the planning stage at the moment is another solid walled house which even after extending will be of rather modest size and so any space saved will be welcomed. With rising energy costs being a constant factor that needs to be addressed at the planning stage, insulation is a crucial element of any build. Studding out a wall and filling with anything from foam to wool is the usual way to make an old building more thermally efficient with the drawback however of diminished room volume, a problem when space is at a premium. For the next project I am looking at a material that is a spin off from the space programme. Aerogel not only is super thermally efficient but it also looks pretty amazing too.....I'm easily impressed!