On a quiet country lane just outside a small West Sussex village, a Scandia-Hus home can be seen through the trees sitting amongst the rolling South Down hills. The property is located within the South Downs National Park, and has been sympathetically designed to blend in with the surrounding village architecture.

Jo and Sarah had lived in the local village for eleven years, in a beautiful but draughty grade 2 listed house. They were keen to move to a warm and energy-efficient property.  It was Jo’s dream to self-build, and they were fortunate enough to find a plot for sale in the area.

The couple needed a company with expertise that they could trust, who would implement their vision and project manage the development. They chose to work with Sussex based Scandia-Hus after meeting the knowledgeable team and seeing for themselves examples of the incredibly high standards of a Scandia home.

The timber frame was engineered and manufactured at the Scandia-Hus factory in West Sussex.  This allows more control over production, thereby reducing on-site issues and providing a more consistent build quality.

The couple were adamant that they wanted the property to blend in well with the village, and so a traditional Sussex Downland style cottage look was created. The bespoke design used architectural details typical of the area, including a mixed exterior finish of brick and locally quarried stone.

It was important to Jo and Sarah that renewable energy sources were used to run their new home and so they chose a ground source heat pump for their hot water and underfloor heating, installing PV solar panels on an outbuilding to provide the electricity for the pump. This along with the high level of insulation and a full heat recovery system ensured that they created a remarkably energy-efficient home.

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