Caber House self-build

Sarah and John Stupart have recently completed construction of their new home using structural insulated panels (SIPs). The self build sits on the edge of open countryside near Fyvie in Scotland.

“We set out with the aim for a low-maintenance, low-energy house with a sleek modern look that was easy to live in,” says Sarah.

After ample research, they selected a Caber House model Type B. The Stuparts personalised the design by altering the internal layout, adding a ground floor master suite, utility and pantry, plus a large sunroom to capture the surrounding views.

High performance structure

The Caber House range was developed specifically to maximise energy efficiency by making best use of structural insulated panels. This construction method delivers a high performance insulated envelope and excellent airtightness.

One of the main features of a SIPs house is the uninterrupted vaulted ceilings under the roof, as there are no cross members.

In this house, named The Barn, there are two bedrooms upstairs with dormer windows, and a huge cinema zone with rooflights.

Render, timber and natural stone complete the external palette. The roof complements the alu-clad triple glazed windows, and this A-rated, energy efficient house is powered by a heat pump and 4kW photovoltaic array.

A corner stove sits adjacent to an enormous window in the living room and heat recovery ventilation provides fresh air and controls heat loss.

The new dwelling meets the Passivhaus low energy standard to ensure minimal running costs.

Colin Potter, the architect behind the designs, says: “Once a client has selected their preferred design, we use site specific data which feeds into our house energy model. This allows us to optimise the energy efficiencies, ensuring the design performs as well as possible.”

“We love the result,” says Sarah. “It’s a great space for entertaining; light and bright but still feels warm and cosy.”

Find out more about the Type B Caber House.

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