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Sustainability through Self Build

Hayward Smart Architects have a strong reputation for providing high quality bespoke designs for self build projects
'Rainwater is harvested to provide water for the toilets and washing machine as well as the garden’

Hayward Smart Architects take a proactive approach to satisfying client’s briefs and aim to deliver the highest standards of service and design.


At Hayward Smart Architects we are passionate about buildings and how they can enhance your living environment. Catering for all budgets, we pride ourselves on getting to know our clients in order to deliver a project beyond their expectations.

Combined with our vision of creating attractive homes we are committed to finding cost effective, sustainable solutions. Rising energy costs mean that we are all increasingly aware of the need to improve the thermal performance of our homes, conserve natural resources and ultimately reduce running costs. Sustainable design is now an integral part of the planning process and should be considered at the offset, not seen as an add-on. We support and encourage innovation through design, leading to smarter and more efficient buildings that create stimulating living spaces.

So when Hayward Smart Architects (HSA) were given the opportunity to design an energy-efficient home in a stunning location they set out to create something special.

After owning a 400-year-old Listed farmhouse, with maintenance issues and high running costs, the clients were excited by the prospect of living in a brand new home designed to meet their individual needs. They bought a 1930s bungalow and enlisted the help of HSA to gain permission for a new self build dwelling.

Knowle House is a striking contemporary house, set in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with farreaching views across Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and south Warwickshire.

It has been carefully designed to sit comfortably in the landscape, with living spaces upstairs and sleeping below, excavated into the sloping site. Outside, the use of natural dry stone walling (using stone recycled from the original building) and cedar weatherboarding ensures that it blends into the landscape.

The clients were keen to invest in new technology that would make the house economic in the long term. ‘Hayward Smart advised on the installation of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and provide energy for an air source heat pump, underfloor heating and whole house ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR). We now receive payments for electricity generated though the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FIT) and as part of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Rainwater is harvested to provide water for the toilets and washing machine as well as the garden’.

Knowle House has achieved the highest energy rating ‘A’, which is proof that innovation and visually exciting design can go hand in hand with sustainability.

For further information on this project and advice on sustainable self build call Hayward Smart Architects on 01608 661000 or email info@hsarchitects.co.uk


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