Frog Lane is on the edge of the village of Milton-under-Wychwood, the site had an unremarkable bungalow but fabulous views to the south over open countryside and a babbling brook.
The site is just over a third of an acre, much of which is paddock land. Our clients brief was to demolish the existing bungalow and build two new houses in a more sympathetic style to the lane.
Having had a pre-application meeting with the planners it was obvious that we needed a conventional traditional elevation to both houses, however we could have some fun at the back and as a bonus the rear of the houses pointed south enabling photovoltaic and solar thermal panels on the roof, but more exciting, we could design to the passivhaus standard.
The clients were thrilled by the passivhaus opportunity as one of the houses would be their home, but they didn’t want to go all the way down the passivhaus certification route. Using our experience of designing and living in a passivhaus we were able to advise the clients on the pros and cons of the different aspects of passivhaus and the implications of a pick and mixed approach. We found a very good compromise.