Highland Estate Lodge
The existing lodge building was substantially refurbished to meet modern standards of comfort. The existing rendered stonework was wrapped in breathable, sustainable wood fibre insulation and sensitively re-rendered so that the soft character of the original building was preserved whilst greatly improving the comfort of the occupants. A lime render was selected because it provides an attractive finish which allows the existing building to breathe, particularly important for historic buildings where moisture is contained within thick earth bearing walls. The windows were replaced with double glazing and repairs carried out to chimneys, gutters, structural floors and rooflights. An air source heat pump was specified to provide a sustainable heating source, an energy efficient solution for a property where mains gas is not an option. The airsource heat pumps are connected to underfloor heating which is the primary source of heating in the property, an energy efficient solution as the building is now very well insulated. A new insulated ground floor was installed as part of the works and the loft insulation was replaced. The two extensions which are substantially glazed have a contrasting look and feel to the existing building with its smaller traditional sash and case windows. The east and west wings have created places for large parties to gather and enjoy the landscape, whilst the existing corniced and panelled rooms provide cosy bedrooms, a private office and a snug imbued with the charcter of the old lodge.