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38 PROJECT REPORT: SELFBUILD & CUSTOM BUILD PROJECTS


it being cheaper, however because of the climate and conditions it would have needed a specialist sub-contractor: “Different trades always add to cost of ‘affordable’ housing,” he says.


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Foundation junction detail (suspended timber floor) wood wool insulation; wall U-value = 0.08 W/m2 floor U-value = 0.19 W/m2


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Externally, the geometric form of Integra house is complemented by a near-monotone specification of material for the external envelope – the building being almost entirely shrouded in larch strips, interrupted only by the glazing and dark steel frames holding them in place. The house sits on a timber platform, providing a sort of terrace which wraps around its periphery. Internally, the building houses two floors: The ground level covering the entire expanse of the plan – except for some intrusions at both ends of the building; and the first floor houses three- metres-wide ‘attic’ space extending along the total length of the building. At ground level, the southern side of the scheme houses a open-plan kitchen and living area, a utility room and concealed storage space, while at the northern side two bedrooms and a bathroom are situated.


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When entering the building through the main entrance situated on the house’s western elevation, the user enters a hallway which provides access to these two wings, as well as a generous staircase leading up to the first floor attic space. This houses a bedroom plus WC, a modest study, and further storage areas towards the northern side, while a void on the southern side turns the living area below into a double-height space, while providing the client with the flexibility to add a fourth bedroom later on if desired.


Structurally resourceful The innovation that Integra House champions has to do with its structure. “Standard normal timber frame become so expensive due to energy efficiency and airtightness requirements,” says Deveci, adding, “I could afford much more roof truss.” The architect says he “interrogated himself” on why a robust, laser-cut product using good quality structural timber like a roof truss couldn’t be used for the walls, floors and the roof. So, by using


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