A bit of background:
We have taken on the challenge of renovating an old Farmhouse just outside of Arundel, West Sussex. The Farmhouse is an interesting building having been added onto since circa the 17th Century. It is Grade II listed and a building of historic interest so will be a challenge to meet the owners vision alongside the requirements of the South Downs National Park.
The owners brief is to take the existing building and create a sustainable, ecological and comfortable family home for their young children to grow up in. They want to make the house as “off grid” as possible to save money long term but also reduce the Houses impact on the environment. The target is to reduce fossil fuels completely if possible.
On the electrical side the client wants to create a Smart Living environment with lighting, AV, data and other systems controlled in the house. All of this has to be completed without impacting on the houses character, charm and grade 2 building fabric so it is a challenge.
The Initial Survey and the challenges we face:
The past few months have been spent peeling back the facade of the building and identifying the areas that we need to focus on. The initial findings have included:
Old electrics that need to be replaced with a new 18th Edition Fuse board followed a complete rewire. Electricity bills at £1,400 per annum at the moment
Oil Boiler installed in the early 1970s which is running at 56% efficiency alongside an Oil fired Rayburn Cooker in the kitchen both costing £ 1,820.62 a year.
Replace the old and complicated heating and hot water pipes that has been installed “organically”;
Improve space heating in the house as radiators are undersized and in the wrong place.
All single glazed windows in need of repair/replacement that suffer from condensation.
The need to draught proof all of the doors (there are five external doors).
Replace secondary insulation that is now damp and has slipped down the walls
Replace all of the loft insulation with modern spaceboard.
Repair the render at the front of the house.
Extend the house to create a new kitchen extension to support modern living.
All works will be completed in dialogue with the South Downs National Park and Historic Buildings Officer.
Some current pictures from the Farmhouse
Over the next 12 months the team at Bright Spark and our building and plumbing partners will be working through the list above and we will be updating our blogs. Please follow us on this blog, twitter and instagram with #projectfarmhouse.