Sussex New BuildContemporary House Exterior, London
Paul Craig ©Paul Craig 2014 All Rights Reserved. Architect: Charles Barclay Architects
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Rebuild for less?In many cases, new builds are cheaper to build per square metre than a complete renovation. “Any new, self-contained house or flat can be undertaken with zero rate VAT on the construction costs of the project, including kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings,” explains John Everitt of Coombes Everitt Architects. “This means that you can spend all of the budget on your home rather than having to give away up to 20 per cent to the taxman.” Renovations are also notoriously difficult to estimate. “Hidden elements such as asbestos or structural problems can be uncovered, which can quickly add costs to your building project,” warns Bryden. Be aware that renovation figures don’t usually take into account other costs such as professional or local authority fees, where VAT applies, or renting a home while you undertake the project.A new-build project also entitles you to a 10-year warranty on your new home, which can offer welcome peace of mind when spending large sums on a building. “The warranty makes a new-build property more marketable and will be a requirement of any mortgage lender if you are having to borrow against the value of the property to help finance the project,” says Everitt. “While you can get warranties on refurbishment projects, in my experience they exclude so many aspects of the project that they are rendered ineffective.”
Get your bearingsIn which direction does your home face? This will be a huge consideration for planning the inside and outside flow. The orientation of a room’s windows will affect how you arrange the layout and which paint colours will work best. Where the sun falls late on a balmy summer’s evening should be a consideration with patio doors, but also take note of prevailing winds – you don’t want your home to become a wind tunnel every time you open the doors.
On the deck on the other side of the dining area there’s a slide-out awning for shelter in summer.The external walls are black-stained soft pine. ‘They are super-insulated panels (SIPs), which we used for insulation and structure,’ says Barclay. ‘They are a sandwich of rigid insulation between wood particle board on either side, so there are hardly any cold bridges. Essentially, the building is a well-insulated, airtight envelope.’
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On the deck on the other side of the dining area is a slide-out awning for shelter in summer. The external walls are black stained soft pine, and are superinsulated panels for insulation and structure. They are a sandwich of rigid insulation between wood particleboard on either side, so there are hardly any cold bridges. Essentially, the building is a well-insulated, airtight envelope. Hidden solar panels and a 13-foot-long sliding wood screen reduce heat loss and keep energy consumption low.