Tra­di­tional Val­ues with a mod­ern twist with SIPs Scot­land

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The brief for SIPS Scot­land was to build an en­ergy ef­fi­cient home, within bud­get, which was in keep­ing with the lo­cal sur­round­ings. It was im­por­tant to the Orr fam­ily to build a prop­erty that en­com­passed tra­di­tional val­ues with a mod­ern twist as the plot is in a ru­ral lo­ca­tion, but they did not want to house to be too tra­di­tional. Bud­get was also a key fac­tor for the cou­ple, they wanted to build a house within their bud­get but with scope for ex­pan­sion in the fu­ture, with this in mind the house is de­signed and con­structed as a one-and-a-half-storey shell. To keep within the clients’ bud­get, at the time of the ini­tial build the house only has three-bed­room ground floor ac­com­mo­da­tion mea­sur­ing 170m2. In the fu­ture there is scope for cre­at­ing a fur­ther 80m2 first-floor ac­com­mo­da­tion which, due to the Kingspan TEK roof­ing sys­tem, will al­low the rooms to be fully vaulted, cre­at­ing a unique liv­ing space. The cou­ple said: ‘Our re­mit to SIPs Scot­land was to de­sign and build an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient home, with tra­di­tional fin­ishes, which takes ad­van­tage of the stun­ning views over Loch Leven. ‘We have been de­lighted with the end re­sult. SIPs Scot­land achieved all our re­quire­ments and the level of fin­ish has been out­stand­ing and all within bud­get.’ Mal­colm Thom­son from SIPS Scot­land: ‘As en­ergy ef­fi­ciency was a high pri­or­ity for the client, they de­cided to use the Kingspan TEK SIPs sys­tem. ‘The house is highly-in­su­lated with an ex­cel­lent air­tight level and in­cor­po­rates un­der floor heat­ing, a wood burn­ing stove and a so­lar ther­mal roof in­stal­la­tion to sup­ple­ment the en­ergy de­mand for hot water. ‘Pas­sive so­lar gain is max­imised with large south-fac­ing win­dows. All this com­bined with an MVHR sys­tem has al­lowed THCL to pro­duce an A-Rated en­ergy ef­fi­cient house.’ SIPs Scot­land is part of THCL – build­ing and ren­o­va­tion spe­cial­ist, a multi-award win­ning fam­ily run busi­ness with over 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the build­ing in­dus­try.

Build­ing with SIPs (Struc­tural In­su­lated Pan­els) is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar way to self build your home. SIPs pan­els of­fer de­sign flex­i­bil­ity, in­creased in­su­la­tion, air tight­ness, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and a quicker build time. SIPs Scot­land is the only SIPs com­pany in Scot­land to de­sign and build SIPs homes with Kingspan TEK SIPs build­ing sys­tem. Kingspan TEK, is BBA ap­proved for the man­u­fac­tur­ing process and uniquely, the in­stal­la­tion of the kit. SIPs Scot­land of­fer an in-house ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vice or, can also work with your own ar­chi­tect to de­sign and build your SIPs home. So, where ever you are in your house build­ing jour­ney, SIPs Scot­land can help. Work­ing with you to cre­ate your own be­spoke home to your spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Work­ing through­out Scot­land, SIPs Scot­land can of­fer a va­ri­ety of build pack­ages from just the SIPs kit de­sign and build or, de­pend­ing on lo­ca­tion, they also of­fer a fully project-man­aged turnkey pack­age.

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