Woodland House Dubwath

Location Dubwath, Bassenthwaite, Lake District National Park

Type New build house

Set at the Northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake, this new build home was inspired by its context: slate from the local houses and timber from the surrounding beech forest. The use of local materials allowed for a striking modern design which maximises light and opens up views towards Skiddaw. 

Sustainability Strategy 

PLACE +++ 

Flood replacement house on brownfield site in protected woodland. Views to Skiddaw and Sale Fell 

HEALTH ++ 

Natural daylight, mechanical ventilation for high indoor air quality, fully accessible ground floor, bespoke design for particular family circumstances

ENERGY ++ 

Prefabricated SIPS timber frame. High insulation values for envelope, high performance windows/doors. Excellent airtightness < 3ACH, underfloor heating, air source heat pump

WATER + 

Rainwater direct to ground for benefit of surrounding trees, aerated taps, low flush toilets

MATERIALS ++

Timber and natural slate cladding, timber windows and doors, timber floor finishes, non VOC paints and stains

 

EQUITY ++

The project employed local contractor and suppliers, a lifetime home for family adaptable for future needs

 

DESIGN +++

The design reflects the extreme site constraints and opportunities, creating a contemporary vernacular form of two pitched roofed pavilions, clad in natural slate and timber