The Parks Cottage
When we bought The Parks Cottage site, next door and just down Stonewall Hill from our home, there was the remains of a derelict, breezeblock cottage on it. This had been built on the site of an old, stone cottage that burned down some decades ago.
Planning permission was gained to construct a new dwelling in the style of the owner’s current property. The old cottage was demolished, and the materials ground up to form the base on which the new one now stands.
The house is constructed around an oak frame, with structural insulated panels (SIPs) cladding the outside of the frame, exposing the oak beams and joints on the inside of the house. The outside is clad with Herefordshire-grown cedar boards, and a slate roof. Windows are for the most part triple-glazed, the picture windows being double-glazed. Heating is by LPG-fuelled, under floor heating throughout. There is a thermostatically controlled, wood burning stove in the living room.
Where possible, local craftsmen and enterprises have been employed to build the house:
- Design architect – John Williams, Wigmore, http://www.ajmwdesign.co.uk
- Supervising architect – Bryan Thomas, Shobdon
- Main contractor – Les Morgan and Son, Lentwardine
- Oak frame – Castle Ring Oak, Evenjob, www.castleringoakframe.co.uk/
- Renewables – Intelligent Energy Systems, Bishop’s Castle
- Joinery – Castle Hill Joinery, Ludlow, www.chj-ludlow.co.uk/
- Plumbing – Mark Freake, Presteigne
- Electrics – DTS Electrical, Presteigne
- Plastering – AJ Plastering, Presteigne
- Painting – Douglas Preece, Presteigne
- Landscaping – Mark Parvoir, Wigmore
A blog about the build of the house, written by Castle Ring Oak's Rob Dawson, can be found at: