Luxury 6 bedroom house

A high specification new build project

Client: Paul Baxter & Jamie Swan

Location: Westbury-sub-Mendip

Project: 6-bedroom upside down house

The Project

This is a high specification, 425m2 new build project on a site overlooking the Mendip Hills.

An upside-down configuration was chosen to make the most of the views for this bespoke, high-end design, which was offered for immediate sale upon completion.

The Challenge

Originally our clients intended to build the main envelope of the building in traditional block and brickwork. A solid oak inner frame would then be incorporated to take the weight of the roof and allow a glass perimeter between the block and roof detail. Their plan was to sub-contract this element of the build but soon realised that cost and availability of contractors was going to put a strain on their budget and build program.

Our clients came across Durisol after researching alternative build methods. They chose D365/120s Durisol blocks instead of traditional block and brickwork as they knew the 0.15 U-Values would maximise the resale value of the finished project.

It also meant they could construct the main envelope of the building themselves.

The Outcome

Our clients were the only labour on site yet managed to construct from the damp proof course up to seven courses (1.75m) in just five days. We were on site on day six to oversee the first concrete pour and give our clients the reassurance they needed.

Building the main envelope themselves saved substantially on costs and significantly reduced their build time. The cost savings allowed money to be reintroduced into the budget and allocated elsewhere.

Client Comment

“Keeping the envelope build in-house meant that we were in total control of our project and not reliant on outsourced contractors.

Each material has its benefits and shortcomings but the Durisol block stands out. It can be cut like wood, stacked like hay bales, has the insulation values of top rate polystyrene formwork and the strength and thermal mass of shuttered concrete. We’ve found it astonishingly easy and quick to use.

This type of product will be the future of construction.”

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