Monkswell Avenue
Chetham Architecture Design

Traditional materials and construction techniques were used, which are readily available and familiar to local contractors, and match the existing building. The open plan layout is both functional and adaptable. Level access is provided to the patio at the rear, and high levels of glazing create a light and spacious interior, which reduces dependancy on artificial light.

The renovation of existing buildings is far more sustainable than demolition – the innovation lies in creating a modern sustainable home from what would otherwise have been considered a derelict building. A "fabric first" approach creates a thermally efficient envelope, including triple glazing and an insulating cork-based render. Underfloor heating provides an energy efficient heating system, supplemented with two wood-burning stoves. Solar PV panels provide a sustainable source of energy, which can also be exported back to the grid. Materials from the original building have been re-used in the interior, whilst new materials such as zinc and aluminium can be recycled at the end of their useful life.

Masonry cavity wall construction is a long established method of building in damp regions such as the North West of England, and the addition of an insulating render adds an extra layer of defence against the elements. Slate is also renowned for its longevity, as well as its attractive appearence. More contemporary materials, such as zinc and aluminium, have also been specified for their maintenance-free longevity.