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naturally made sure they stayed heavily involved throughout. Almost all of the internal fixtures and fittings were dealt with Baufritz – the only elements the Youngs had to take care of were the kitchen and fitted wardrobes. However, the couple’s construction experience stood them in good stead, and they arranged meetings with various UK kitchen companies to look at layouts and designs. “Understanding plans was definitely an advantage,” says Mrs Young. This was one area where the difference between the accuracy of kit home construction and traditional builds reared its head. They were repeatedly told by manufacturers that they would have to take their own final measurements once the house was built, to allow for any slight changes to what was on plan. “We explained it was going to be cut and built in a factory so it would be accurate,” Mrs Young says. “When they came out they were so impressed! They’d never seen dimensions where what was drawn on the plan was what had been delivered.”


The couple says that along with its impressive 26 www.sbhonline.co.uk


eco credentials, the pinpoint accuracy of the build was the key reason their decision to use a kit house provider proved a good one.


GOING GREEN


Sustainable living is important to the Youngs, and their house isn’t short of eco-friendly features in addition to its timber construction being inherently green. PV panels on the roof generate all of their electricity, with any unused energy sold back into the grid. A solar thermal array also provides their hot water, and a large tank underneath the property’s driveway holds rainwater used to flush toilets and for watering the garden.


The house is heated throughout with underfloor heating, although it’s not something they find themselves needing very often. “It’s on a very low setting,” explains Mrs Young. This is largely down to the 100 per cent natural wood shaving insulation installed throughout the house. The house has an AA energy efficiency rating – the UK average is D. In fact, the house is so efficient that it was scored a 0.7 in its


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