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SECRETS OF SUCCESS


ventilation) system to recover the heat from downstairs and help circulate fresh air around the new extension. Our eldest son suffers from allergies and the im- proved air quality from using the HRV is very noticeable.”


The added benefits that this self-build has brought to the family’s life are huge. Not just from a warmth and space perspective, but also the flexibility the extension has allowed them. Katie says: “I love the fact that my boot room and cloakroom are all at the back door so the kids can dump their kit there and avoid dragging it all through the house! The


“We wanted more space, a modern layout and a much more thermally efficient home”


All images © Douglas Gibb photography


luxury of the extra space downstairs and bedrooms for all the children has been brilliant. It has meant we now throw a lot more parties as well as work gatherings!” The family have noticed they now tend to use the older part of the farmhouse less often, as the temperature change and draughts are noticeable! All the family bedrooms are in the new exten- sion with the spare rooms relegated to the original house. They also installed underfloor heating throughout the downstairs extension, but the thermal efficiency delivered by SIPs means it has never needed to be switched on. The heating bills have actually shrunk dramatically despite adding 50 per cent


Ancon to launch products at Ecobuild


Double winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and holder of a string of innovation and product development accolades, Ancon will be launching its latest fixing innovations at Ecobuild on stand number C62. Ancon’s stand will focus on structural fixings that are opening-up new possibilities in zero and ultra-low energy construction by minimising thermal bridging, including its insulated balcony connectors and ultra-low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties. It will also


showcase a brick-faced support system that allows designers to achieve exciting masonry facade aesthetics, quickly and easily on site. For more information, call Ancon or visit the website.


0114 275 5224 www.ancon.co.uk ECOBUILD STAND NO C62


of space, and with an Aga heating much of the kitchen-diner, they find themselves opening windows to let the heat out. Katie explains: “The difference in warmth is noticeable between the old and new parts. We put the key living areas in the extension, and the guest rooms and more formal living spaces are in the older part. We wanted to maintain the house’s traditional feel however so we still have our open log fires in these areas, but there is no need for extra heat in our new extension. It has provided us with the extra, modern living spaces we required for the family and thanks to the SIPs method, our ongoing energy bills are kept to a minimum.”


Premium windows, doors & conservatories


frameXpress Ltd is a leading trade fabricator with an established reputation for excellence, supplying premium windows, doors and conservatories to the building and self building industries.


The portfolio includes a diverse range of ‘A+’ rated high performance pvc-u products with aluminium options including bifold doors, Composite Doors and Guardian Roofing systems available.


BSI industry standards, 16 colour foils, Secured by Design accreditations as well as tailored solutions make the range a popular choice for architects, specifiers and builders.


01952 581100 www.frameXpress.co.uk


january/february 2018


www.sbhonline.co.uk


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