Heath Lodge – Eco-renovation

FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 2

Starting Point

Built in 1851 as a pub | Became a private house in 1870 | Extended 1870 and 1909

Large, no insulation, old gas boiler | Some old and some 1970s poor quality windows

Dilapidated with many original features | A local landmark lived in by one family for 100+ years

FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 1


Make the house warm and comfortable to live in | Bring the EPC from unmeasurably low to an A

Preserve and enhance the history and character | Use natural materials as much as possible

21st century technology with the character and beauty of an old house

FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 3
FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 6

History and character

Roof stripped, insulated and renewed with as many original tiles as possible

Chimneys and brickwork restored with traditional materials | Internal layout largely maintained

Fireplaces uncovered | Original doors, staircase and floorboards renovated

Underfloor heating on ground floor is both efficient and invisible

FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 5
FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 4

Internal finishes

Efforts made to use natural new materials | Wood and ply kitchen cupboards

Marmoleum and ceramic flooring | Metal switches | Reclaimed floorboards from salvage yard

Most bathroom fittings from Ebay

FMB Winner (Eastern Region) PRL 7

Design inspiration

The heyday of the house – 1900 to 1930 | Research on the house and its inhabitants

Arts and Crafts movement | William Morris

Colour and natural forms | Our own floor designs and some hand painted tiles