Off-grid restoration

Off-grid restoration

This historic farmhouse, 300 years old and dormant for over 30 years was brought back to life embracing modern technology to create an off-grid multi-award winning home including RIBA 2012 Conservation Project of the Year North West, and features in the Lake District National Park Authorities publications as an exemplar for renewal.

The restoration of this remote farmhouse and Barn / Byre conversion was carried out using sustainable materials and renewable technologies. Local materials used include Green Oak from Lancashire and Ash from Cumbria which sit with lime plasters and renders mixed on site. Doors and windows were made in nearby Penrith, painted and decorated with distemper and stone floors and tiles adorn both living space and bathrooms showing off the best of Cumbria's Burlington quarries.

Lime, Hempcrete and sheep's wool insulation allow this old beautiful home to continue to breathe in a water rich environment whilst cutting edge sustainable technologies, in the form of rainwater harvesting, mechanical heat ventilation and recovery systems (MHVR), under floor heating, PV-Thermal panels for both electricity and hot water, and a wind turbine provide the major power source to this off-grid home.

An exemplar home has been created high on the fells in Cumbria that retains its traditional roots whilst encompassing cutting edge technology to provide a unique sustainable home.

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