key description: eco-refurbishment of large
detached Victorian villa
client: private client
borough: Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire
Hastoe Villa was purchased as an un-modernised detached Victorian Property in Hertfordshire. The end user client wanted to create an outstanding family house that used renewable technology, passive design and sustainable materials in order to create a dwelling built to exceptional environmental standards.
Having a client with a keen interest in sustainable technologies was essential to being able to achieve an end product that was exceptional in terms of its environmental credentials from a ‘leaky’ and un-insulated Victorian property.
The plan was fully redesigned to create and open plan living, kitchen and dining space at the rear of the house. Two frameless glazed extensions have been coupled with the careful re-instating of original rear projection of the house. The mix of the traditional exterior and modern interior hints at the sustainable technologies that are incorporated and concealed within the traditional shell.
The scheme benefits from a ‘whole house’ ventilation system, under floor heating, heat exchangers, a wood-burning stove linked to the heating system, solar thermal panels and an air source heat pump.
This innovative and ground breaking project has lead to the production of a beautiful, modern family home within a traditional shell coupled with the benefits of very low energy bills and a remarkably small carbon footprint.