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The Spinney, Herefordshire

Prefabricated SIPs self-build house with lower embodied carbon

Contemporary intervention in a rural setting

Highly insulated to significantly reduce energy demand

With a brief to create an adaptable, low energy home to serve our clients and their family as they approach retirement, The Spinney is carefully crafted to integrate into a steeply sloping site in rural Herefordshire to take advantage of the incredible views over the Herefordshire countryside and the Malvern Hills. The use of stone, charred timber, and slate tiled roof take their cue from the local vernacular, creating a contemporary but complementary building that sits effortlessly within the rural context.


The house was designed to be constructed using structural insulated panels (SIPs) which gave our self-building clients a simple way to construct a watertight superstructure within a matter of weeks.  The SIP panels also afforded the opportunity for enhanced levels of insulation to significantly reduce the lifetime carbon cost, not to mention their heating energy demand, giving greater financial security moving forward. The SIP panels, local stone and timber cladding all come to reduce the embodied carbon and energy in the construction,


The house was designed with a large living, dining and kitchen space at first floor with picture windows maximising the impressive views. A double height space over the kitchen and dining area creates a strong character and sense of drama, whilst the single storey living room creates a cosier area to relax and provide a useful loft storage area. Three generously sized bedrooms, each en-suite, are located at ground floor off a beautiful vertical space which houses the stairs.

The construction was careful not to disturb the surrounding landscape, giving the completed building and our clients instant integration with the countryside which they were so desperate to be a part of.

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