This unique detached house sits in a hidden corner of Lewisham within walking distance of the shopping centre. The brief on this property was to make it sit comfortably within its environment but be of a contemporary and Eco friendly design.
The 2 storey house sits toward the rear of the plot and sunk into to ground to minimize the visual impact on surrounding properties. It is so unobtrusive to the casual passer by, nestling behind automatic timber gates, that most people donít even realize it exists. It is only when you look more closely that you get intriguing glimpses of what lies beyond.
The property is an innovative and highly energy efficient eco friendly upside down house; the sleeping accommodation is on the lower ground floor and living space on the upper. Features include a sedum grass roof, solar panel supplying the household hot water needs for 7 months of the year, rainwater harvesting for garden and toilet flushing use, warm water under-floor heating with the pipes set in a polymeric flow screed and gas fueled via a low consumption condensing boiler, high performance purpose made timber windows, stainless steel and glass staircase housed in a glass block tower.
In addition to the high water absorption of the sedum roof minimizing excessive rain water run off, the garden areas are porous timber decked with porous areas below again minimizing the strain placed on surface water drains during heavy rainfall.
Garden retaining walls are built of recycled railway sleepers porous in position for reasons previously described. The house itself is built with insitu concrete floors and roof with dense concrete walls externally insulated to effect the structure acting as a thermal store. This multi award winning property is held as an example for innovative environmentally friendly design for residential building in the Lewisham area.