Farm Dwelling, Ackenthwaite

Situated in rural South Lakeland, this site in a sensitive area came about as the opportunity to create a new family home for the next generation of farmers at an existing sheep farm in rural South Lakeland. 

The design of the dwelling is intended to reflect the character of the location, with design and materials intended to appear in keeping with those of a small traditional farm building as can be commonly seen in the local area. The building follows a simple plan, with larger barn style openings at the ground floor level and smaller ‘hayloft’ style openings to the upper storey.  An external chimney breast is intended to animate the north and south gables, with a high efficiency woodburning stove to one side of the house, and providing kitchen ventilation to the opposite side.

Given the location of the dwelling and the intended long term occupancy by the residents for farming activities the dwelling is intended to be built to the highest environmental and energy efficiency standards.  This involves insulation and air tightness values in line with Passivhaus standards, together with triple glazed windows and a heat recovery system to enable the house to operate with a minimum of heat input.  Heating and hot water will be provided via high efficiency heat pumps, maximising the efficiency of the system and reducing demand on resources.



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