AR­CHI­TECT’S GUIDE BUILD­ING BE­SPOKE

Jamie Fobert talks us through three of the de­tails that make this home unique

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The brick­work We wanted to cre­ate a bold and con­tem­po­rary build­ing, but one that blended seam­lessly into this his­toric area of Lon­don. Most of the prop­er­ties in the mews are built from Lon­don stock brick (hand­made bricks pro­duced be­fore the ad­vent of ma­chin­ery) so we chose a brick that, from a dis­tance, looks con­sis­tent. When you ap­proach the house you can see the thumbprint of the man who made each brick in the stone, made when they were pushed out of the moulds. The eco-heat­ing Peter and Troels wanted a swim­ming pool, but to heat this us­ing elec­tric­ity from the grid would have been a mas­sive waste of en­ergy. To avoid this we dug 180 me­tres into the ground us­ing five bore holes to ex­tract ground-heat, which is piped into the house [the free and sus­tain­able heat source can be used for ra­di­a­tors, un­der-floor heat­ing and warm air heat­ing sys­tems]. The only down­side is that this kind of project is a huge in­vest­ment [£13,000 to £20,000 ac­cord­ing to the En­ergy Sav­ing Trust; en­er­gysav­ingtrust.org.uk]. The join­ery We waited un­til it was pos­si­ble to stand in each of the rooms be­fore de­sign­ing the join­ery, so that we could get a sense of the space and how the light fell across the in­te­rior. We de­signed the house in lay­ers, adding the join­ery as we went. It’s im­por­tant to get rec­om­men­da­tions for a joiner. Make a short­list, go and see their work­shop and be spe­cific in your brief. A joiner is ex­pen­sive [ex­pect to pay £20 to £25 per hour for car­pen­try], so en­sure that you’re work­ing with the right per­son. jamiefobertar­chi­tects.com

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