Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Pavilion Eco House by E2 Architecture
For more than 20 years Interior Designer Caroline Cooper and her Architect Husband Philip lived in the Pagoda, a grade 2 listed property designed by William Chambers (the architect behind Somerset House). Their new home, designed by their son architect Sam Cooper, could not be more different; a green house that scores Level Five (out of 6) on the code for Sustainable Housing – the national standard for eco dwellings. Here Caroline tells us about living in one of the few private properties in the UK to achieve this accoldae.
What are the house’s eco credentials? Our water is heated by Solar Panels and a ground source pump. The building is super insulated with natural wood fibres that reduce heat loss – internal walls are finished in breathable plaster and paint. Plus we have a green roof and rainwater harvesting. We also have an AAA rated dishwasher, which keeps our water usage down to 85 litres a day.
How did the house achieve its rating on the code for sustainable homes? Certain criteria had to be met for water usage, ecology, materials used and health and well-being. The key factor and the toughest to achieve is that the house has to be ‘net zero carbon’ for a year. That means it has to produce as much energy as it uses.
Is there any day to day maintenance involved? We have to sweep all the leaves off the solar panels on the roof from time to time but that’s all. The brief was to create a beautiful modern home that wasn’t dominated by its eco credentials. The only way anyone would know its eco is when the flush the loo, because the water is a brownish colour!
What do you love most about the house? The quality of the light and open the space seems. We always wanted the experience of living in a contemporary house. For us living here is a huge change but really refreshing
The kitchen feature white painted kitchen cabinets with two concealed “work stations” behind retractable doors. The painted kitchen cabinets are a vibrant yellow inside which create a wow factor and splash of colour when opened. The white painted kitchen cabinets have corian worktops and a polished concrete breakfast bar.
Chamber Furniture, The Old Timber Yard, London Road, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7DZ. Tel: 01959 532553. www.chamberfurniture.co.uk
Kitchens start from £40,000
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