11 February 2021
Our first new project start of the year! We’re delighted to be helping another client realise their aspirations for an extension and low energy retrofit of this 1930s semi. This particular house type in East Oxford is very compact, so significant alterations will be made to the rear to give this client and their growing family more living and bedroom space. It’s a perfect opportunity to design the new build elements to a high standard of energy efficiency, using natural materials and finishes.
A view will be taken on how to improve the existing fabric of the house, considering wall, roof, and floor insulation, along with replacement windows. Careful consideration will have to be made at wall and window junctions, particularly in relation to the front porch and bay windows, to ensure there is a continuity of insulation and airtightness. Adequate ventilation will be equally important, which is often forgotten on retrofit projects, leading to poor indoor air quality and damp issues.
When considering low energy retrofit, it’s important to appoint an architect with experience of the above issues, otherwise more harm can be done than good. Talk to us about your retrofit project.