Come and see how a contemporary sustainable extension has been built onto an Edwardian house near Cockermouth, complete with an air-source heat pump.
The owners revamped the whole house last year, to make it open plan and extremely energy efficient. There is triple glazing throughout, and a high amount of passive solar gain via very large south facing glazed areas. There's a 4kW capacity PV array on the garage roof, underfloor heating fired by an air-source heat pump, and two wood-burning stoves. The owners benefited from a Green Deal grant for external wall insulation, as well as Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for heating and green tariff for the PV.
There's a small woodland that supplies all the wood needed for the stoves, and large areas of newly planted meadow. There is a big garden with a small orchard, vegetable plot and a wildlife pond, which you'll be welcome to visit as well.
Please note that the pond is fully open and visitors with children will need to supervise them at all times.
Refreshments, including teas and coffees, are available in the Lorton village shop nearby.
Directions & Parking
From Cockermouth, follow the B5292. As it starts to go up the Whinlatter Pass, take a narrow farm lane to the left, signposted to Terrace Farm B&B. Go straight up the lane (don't turn left to the farm) and take the next sharp right-hand turn to the property. The house is the second of a pair of Edwardian semis.
There is limited parking space, for three cars. It is possible to park nearby towards the village and walk up the lane.
Why not try lift-sharing? Visit https://liftshare.com/uk to list your journey to this event and see if you could share with others. (It’s great for all your other journeys, too!)
There are steps at each entrance into the house. The steps at the rear are shallow, however, and the owners are able to organise a wooden ramp if given notice in advance. The first floor is all one level. Please contact us if you would like to arrange wheelchair access to this property.
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