Sally's House, North Devon
Sally's house was built to replace an existing building that had fallen beyond repair. A large oak trunk was used as the centre piece for a round house construction.
The north wall of the building was constructed using straw bales and lime plaster. The 18ft principal rafters were once floor joists from a local stately home, whilst all the glazing units were sourced from recycling centres, as were the toilet, sinks and bath.
The overall effect is very light and airy, the central room being some 30ft across, and 12ft tall at the apex.
The excellent thermal insulation provided by the use of the straw bales, 6inch roof insulation and a turf roof mean that despite the size of the building, and the amount of double glazing, the space is economical to heat. Even in -15 winters the house remains snug and warm with heating and hot water supplied by a wood fired rayburn.
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