House at Sandy Lane


It is hard to believer that this is an old animal shed, and when first found was not even four walls and a roof, one wall was missing!

The client designed this remarkable building himself taking the brave decision to incorporate the existing shell and roof structures into the new design.  Throughout the decision making process there has been a clear commitment to sustainable design principals.

In engineering terms we had to supplement the existing roof trusses providing additional support where elements were removed to facilitate access.  Roof coverings were stripped and purlins strengthened and straightened to accept a new roof.  Stability was provided by sarking the underside of rafters and linking wall and roof structures.

Foundation work was limited to new structural walls and piers which in turn support a new mezzanine floor designed to accommodate underfloor heating systems.  This cantilevers over the atrium space that occupies most of the front elevation.  Ground bearing slabs were installed and insulated once again accommodating underfloor heating.  This is powered by a ground source heat pump




Client: Private