As per our telephonic discussion, here are some of the finer points that I would like you to incorporate in the cottage. Please bear in mind that this accommodation is for visiting family and friends. They will be entertained at the main house.
Stone-covered floors where possible;
- All lighting and hot water to be solar-powered;
- As much local on-site material for the main construction as possible;
- Windows to be screened – no glass.
Thanks for the chat yesterday and the quick sketch of your helpful thoughts. I’ve tried to interpret them as closely as possible, but have improvised here and there. While I glean from your listing that you want the cottage to be eco-friendly and self-sustaining in terms of energy, I need to mention that in a normal home with glazed windows, the loss of internal heat though the glass is, on average, 40%.
You’ve asked for the window areas to be screened – I presume by this you mean fly-screen material. If this is installed, the loss of energy (warmth) would be about 80% or more. If you incorporate the patent heat system, the screens will negate the heating effect.
There are other methods of enclosing the window apertures, which I can discuss with you. In the sketch, I’ve included as much local materials as possible. The thatched roof is pitched at 60% from the walls, up to 2,2m in height and then at 30%
to the roof apex. This provides you with a ‘bonus area’ for a sleeper deck as shown.
The stairs are what I refer to as ‘stagger stairs’, which take up half the space of conventional stairs. The attic area can be added when required.