The biggest influence in the building’s design was the sun and the view. Anyone who enters the house through the front door is instantly drawn into a floor-to-ceiling glazed atrium which has breath-taking views across the shores of a lake, flanked by rolling moorland. The skies are huge and the light changes minute by minute.
The whole house has been designed by Cumbrian-based architects Ecoarc to absorb this landscape, with all the main living spaces facing onto it.
The house evolved on the site of a detached goat shed which was demolished to make way for the new build. Most of the stone was re-used in a garden wall. The first set of plans were passed by South Lanarkshire Council without a hitch, including an independent 9kw wind turbine which make the house carbon neutral.
The timber frame and block construction was relatively straight forward and the house includes a water-based underfloor heating system as well as a water tank rigged up to a NIBE ground source heat pump. A wood burning stove, surrounded by soap stone to distribute the heat more slowly, as well as the solar energy drawn through the huge argon filled windows, keep energy costs to a minimum.
‘The old farmhouse used to cost a fortune in heating, lighting and cooking,’ said Sally. ‘The running costs in this house are around 90% less, even though the two properties are roughly the same size. It’s a huge difference.’