• Design,  Hempcrete,  Research & Resources

    Hempcrete & Woodfibre – Looking at performance (including U-values)

    “For example 240mm thickness of hempcrete meets current UK building regulations for insulation (compared to around 80 mm of polyurethane insulation board). However because hempcrete is cheaper than synthetic insulation materials, and is used to form a monolithic wall, the usual thickness of hempcrete applied in a new building is 300-400mm for a wall. The typical thermal conductivity of hempcrete is typically 0.06 to 0.07 W/mK. U-values for hempcrete vary depending on the thickness, the type of binder used, the exact specification, application techniques and the skill of the contractor, however a typical u-value (for a 350mm thick hempcrete wall) is 0.17 W/m2K.” https://www.ukhempcrete.com/hempcrete-buildings-thermal-performance-and-costs/ Useful comparison of natural insulation materials.…

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    Bedrooms – Design Inspiration

    Built-in wardrobes around bed : with bedside table : with cubby : wardrobes only : birch ply wardrobes Fold-up Wall Bed (Murphy Bed) : With fold-down table : DIY Murphy Bed : Well-designed Murphy Beds : Murphy beds hidden behind mirror Panelling

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    Understairs Toilet – Design Inspiration

    Hidden cistern & wall mount toilet for easy cleaning and less cluttered feel. handy shelf and minimal storage cabinet above Having the washing machine inside the main cloakroom area, would mean that the washing machine door could be left ajar to ventilate and it could also fully benefit from the extraction system that serves the toilet. Double doors would probably be required to ensure good access for washing machine maintenance/replacement. The alternative is having it facing out into the kitchen area, from underneath the stairs, however I am not so keen on this, since I suspect this could cause damp issues and mildew growth within the machine over time due…

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    Bathroom – Design Inspiration

    Light from above Small bathtub with shower over Omnitub (double Japanese soaking tub 1050x1050x600mm) False wall, shelf, mirror cabinets Wall-mounted taps, sink suitable for handwashing clothes Mirrored bath panel? Tadelakt instead of tiles? Thin pull-out storage unit next to shower? Other Storage

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    Loft Conversion – Design Inspiration

    Light and shade – exposed beams This could add an interesting texture and feature to an area that will be more of a dominant visual component due to the lower height of the roof. It will break up the light skimming across the surface of the ceiling. Velux balcony External Mansard roof Stairs Light spilling down from overhead rooflight (probably on south facing pitch), ability to retain over-stairs ceiling airer on 1st floor landing if possible. Loft Shower Room Would be highly beneficial to have more than one shower in the house & for loft room to be a compact master suite. This would add value that might more justify…