Category Archives: Ecological design

I’m converted: your unique hideaway

10 Feb 15
Michelle Gaffaney
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Have you ever dreamed of having your own private bolthole? Maybe you want a private haven at the end of the garden, or think you could break up your workplace with an enclosed meeting room. We’ll help you create a unique hideaway with charm and style. 1. Choose your structure The first step is to […]

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Environmentally friendly design for a green home

26 Jan 15
Michelle Gaffaney
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There are so many reasons why environmentally friendly design is important. It helps save energy, reduces pollution and protects the planet, and there’s something about an eco home that keeps giving a feeling of calmness and reassurance. If you’re interested in a green home but don’t know where to start, let us help! Clean, green and […]

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Give your home a Hobbit house makeover

19 Nov 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Tired of hard edges and harsh colours? It’s time to take things back to a simpler time with a home interior inspired by Bilbo Baggins. Choose natural materials, rounded edges and cosy lighting to make your home a haven. My favourite parts of the Lord of the Rings films are the bits before anything really […]

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External cladding: Larch and lime

10 Oct 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Now the straw walls of our eco-classroom at Castle Hill School have had their first coat of lime render, it’s time for the cladding. We’re using Scottish-grown larch boards – a durable hardwood which will naturally mature over time to an attractive silvery grey. Other parts of the building have been simply rendered using traditional […]

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Cosy cob reading nooks

09 Oct 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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One lovely feature of our straw bale eco classroom is the creation of two cosy reading nooks. They’re made from cob, a mixture of clay, straw and aggregate (more on cob here) and are specially designed so that children can curl up inside with a good book. They’re not yet finished, but these photos show […]

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Straw bale classroom: Lime render and clay plaster

02 Sep 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Our straw bale classroom at Castle Hill School is really starting to take shape now! The walls are up, the roof is on, and it’s time to start covering the walls. Externally, we’re using a lime render to protect the building from the elements. Lime is often used on straw bale and cob buildings and is […]

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