This tiny Grade II listed cottage is the home of former CAfS marketing manager, Georgina Stephenson. Back in 2011 it first featured on the festival schedule as a demo of airtightness testing. The house is now ‘finished’ and occupied! See how they’ve used renewable energy and natural products to work in sympathy with the building.
The main features of the renovation are:
- making good a culvert running under the entire length of the house;
- the sandstone floors have been carefully lifted and indexed and returned to their original location on top of a limecrete floor with underfloor heating;
- construction of a radon sump;
- removal of cement ‘tanking’ to the downstairs walls, replaced with hemp-lime plaster; two-story, breathable timber frame extension, using thermafleece and the Baumit render system;
- removal of storage heaters, replaced with solar thermal evacuated tubes, integrated with a wood burning stove with a back boiler; construction of a wood shed to feed the burner; and
- a 650ltr water butt collecting rain from the wood shed roof to water the garden.
Directions & Parking
The house is situated in the centre of Greystoke – the first cottage to the left of the pub (Boot & Shoe). Please park in the village car park behind the village hall and walk through.
This home is not accessible by wheelchair. There are steps up into the house.
Green Build Festival 2016
This event is part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival 2016, a week-long programme of activities and visits to green homes, organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Visit the CAfS website for full details: www.cafs.org.uk/events
When & Where
Cumbria Action for Sustainability