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4 bedroom detached house for sale
The Roundhouse, Findhorn, , IV36 3YY
- Central heating
- Double glazing
- Designed & Built By Eco Designer
- Unique Property
- Located in Findhorn
The Roundhouse Findhorn
The Roundhouse design is based upon Reciprocal Frame geometry. The Reciprocal Frame is an elegant structure where 3 or more beams are tangentially arranged around a atrium circle, one beam upon the previous until the last beam fits under the first to then form a completely self supporting array.
The Roundhouse is one of 40 Reciprocal Frame buildings designed and built by Graham Brown. Its geometric layout emulates from a 15 beam Reciprocal Frame layout intersected by 3 Interlocking spirals. It is this interplay that gives the Roundhouse is smooth natural and resolved lines.
In the design process it is necessary to put all the elements required of the design into a pot and allow the appropriate geometry to emerge. These elements include accommodation required, site layout, orientation to the sun and many other factors. In this case it was a 15 beam array which provided the spaces required but not before 12, 13 and 14 beam geometry had been exhausted.
Each of the room divisions rest upon one of the beam lines and even though this relationship is obscure the sense of unspoken order pervades to give the Roundhouse its unusual sense of resolution and peace.
The entrance and living accommodation is expansive and welcoming and upon first floor which is level with road side. There is also a self container flat with an entrance form the lobby.
The 4 additional bedrooms are on the Ground Floor which is accessed by a narrowing stair which follows one of the 3 spirals. This quietly indicates that you are entering a more private and quiet area. The stair leads to a circular corridor filled with natural light from solar tubes. This corridor gives access to all the bedrooms as well as the Basement store and Boiler room with its external access to the garden.
The Reciprocal Frame is a true example of interdependence and as such almost demands that if any Reciprocal Frame building is to be wholesome it has to work on every level. This has been the guiding principle in the design of the Roundhouse where technical simplicity and effectiveness has been sought as well as spatial and aesthetic elegance.
1. The Roundhouse is a passive solar house. The site enabled the house to be orientated to the south with the 20sq meters of glass of the solar conservatory being orientated to maximize collection of winter sun between 11.00am and 4.00pm. .
2. The heat from the sun collects in the 40 tones of concrete that form the interfloor. This took 4 months for the suns heat to charge but now keeps the Roundhouse at a steady 18 degrees without any additional heating for 8 months of the year.
3. The overhang wrapping the building protects to the north but also provides shade to the thermal mass of the interfloor to prevent summer overheating
4. Heating for the remaining 4 month is provided by a self feeding wood pellet boiler which is CO2 neutral. Solid wood can also be burnt. This feeds underfloor heating systems on both the upper and ground floors with every area under independent thermostatic control.
5. Domestic hot water is provided by an accumulator tank which is heated by the pellet boiler every two days or so. This 1000 ltr tank has a 250 ltr stainless steel inner tank that is fed with mains pressure cold water when hot water is drawn at any of the taps baths or showers. This is instantaneously heated by the surrounding 1000 ltrs hot water jacket.
6. The Roundhouse has a highly insulated timber frame envelope to tightly retain and make the most of the collected energy.
7. The wall and roofs are all breathing structures enabling atmospheric toxins and water vapour to permeate the wall keeping the inner environment healthy and fresh.
8. Externally the walls are lime rendered upon a substrate of an Austrian material called Hereklith. This is a material some 50mm thick provided in batts 500x2000mm of wood fibres encased in a naturally occurring mineral called Mangasite. This has been used in Austria for 90 years as a building material and adds an additional insulation to the outside of the studwork to break the cold bridge as well as providing the substrate for the lime render.
9. Solar tubes enable natural sunlight to be collected at roof level and transported to the Ground floor circular corridor so that when entering this area one continues to be bathed in natural daylight whilst there are in fact no windows.
10. The solar tubes together the atrium skylight and the placement and expanse of other windows mean that the it is possible to happily live the Roundhouse in natural daylight for most of the day.