Architect: Howarth Litchfield Partnership
Awards won: RIBA North East Awards
rIBa North East Small Project Award 2014
The Treetops is a classic small commission challenge for an architect with the twist of the architect designing the radical transformation of a house he and his wife were buying - with his wife as the client.
The project took a modest two storey detached house built in 1964 on a large, steeply sloping mature woodland suburban site and completely reinvented the building. The project reconfigured the existing accommodation, re-skinned it dramatically improving its appearance and thermal performance and extended it.
The works revealed and recreated the dual mono-pitch form of the original building and take and extend an original terrace and its columns as part of the roof form and solar shading of what appears as a wholly new building.
Over-cladding of the existing building with insulation and render together with new enlarged high performance windows, together with solar glass and high sun shelter from the roof overhang and natural stack ventilation produces a Code for Sustainable Home Level 5 performance of the fabric. Extensive ground source heating and PV panels will allow the house to become completely off-grid.
A modest budget has been applied carefully to produce some great living spaces. The project has exploited an attractive site and produced a building which sits well in its landscape and performs exceptionally well environmentally.
Contractor: Beacon Builders
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: H Malones
Structural and Civil Engineers: CK21
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jill tate