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Eco Residence, Devon, UK



This environmentally friendly luxury residence is set within its own private woodland.

Gluelam timber forms the stunning exposed structure to the building. The infill timber panels are clad in western red cedar and there are cedar shingles to the roof. The structure is totally copper and lead free.

Insulation is provided by a triple-layer foil-backed system offering super-high insulation levels without reducing space. The vast glazed walls utilise a high performance glass as well as argon-filled sealed double glazing throughout. The LPG gas-fired boiler provides efficient hot water and underfloor heating. All water is provided by the on-site springs, freshwater for drinking and a top-up to the rainwater harvesting system, complete with a 12,000 litre underground tank for grey water. A state-of-the-art oxygen sewage treatment system provides onsite effluent disposal.

Local stone was used in cages to form the large retaining gabion structures and a crushed version was used to form the external paths and driveway.

Internally solid walnut was used for the joinery elements and feature staircases. Doors and floors were also in walnut and the bathrooms were tiled in limestone, maintaining the monotone palette throughout.

A summer house was constructed on site with specially designed roof voids headed with solar panels specifically to re-house soprano pipistrelle and whiskered/Brandt’s bats that were inhabiting the original sheds on the site.