Red Kite Design and Build Ltd

Wagtail Farm Annex 

We were given the brief from our clients to design an annex to an existing straw bale house that we had built in 2017. The new build, whilst connected to the house, can also act as a separate self contained house. The two bedrooms, both have mezzanine beds that maximise the space and height of the building. A open plan living space, has a wood burning stove and south facings glazing to maximise solar gain.  A small bathroom also leads off the main room, with a tadelakt finished shower and compost toilet. The whole building is built with natural and sustainable materials. A timber frame construction is insulated with sheeps wool and wood fibre insulation. Externally the building is clad with UK grown and milled Western Red Cedar and internally with clay plaster. The bed frame and windows are constructed out of locally soured oak. For the floor an earth floor was installed, utilising clay taken from the site and with underfloor heating installed within it. The contemporary and clean design contrasts well with the existing straw bale house, highlighting how eco buildings can take many different design forms.