Trevor Routledge had always dreamed of building his own house. When he was just five years old, he promised his family that he would design a bungalow for them. In March 2012, inspired by self-build programmes like Grand Designs and My Flat Pack Home, he and his wife decided to make this dream a reality and set about designing and building a house in the garden.
One of our previous projects, a dramatic cantilevering barn in Stirlingshire, has been featured in Scotland’s bestselling home magazine Homes & Interiors. The self-build property, which overhangs a cliff, is a real feat of SIPs architecture and shows just how much can be achieved if you dare to be a little different.
Visit Us at the UK’s Biggest Self Building Show this Weekend
Ever been interested in building your own house? Looking for ideas, inspiration and advice? The Homebuilding & Renovating Show offers all these things – and many others besides. With products from over 250 local companies, 36 specialist masterclasses and eight daily seminars, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the UK’s biggest self building show, which comes to Harrogate International Centre between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th November.
How SIPs Were Used to Achieve a Unique and Highly Complex Structure
Back in 2011, Elspeth MacNaughton was looking to refurbish and extend an old 1950s farmhouse. Little did she know at the time that her vision would soon be transformed into an architectural pièce de résistance: a modern spiral house with a central top-lit ‘courtyard’.
How We Helped Construct a Stone-Clad SIPs House in Rural Bolton
Mr. and Mrs. Booth were looking to build their own home on the site of an old farmhouse, which had been gutted by a fire in 2007. Their self-build project would involve using some of the features from the old building, incorporating innovative construction techniques to keep the build up to speed with modern living standards.
Tuesday 28 October: Tune Into More 4 to See SIPs Project in Action
Last year, Jamie Ashton of A Space Architects built his own contemporary house in Hull using SIPS. This was the second of his SIPs projects, the first being a more traditional-style build for one of his clients in Cherry Burton, near Hull.
How SIPS Were Used as Part of a Fabric First Approach to Construction
There are worse places to live than the Yorkshire Dales. Lucky Andrew and Cynthia Colley will soon be living that dream, having started work on a pair of semi-detached houses within the boundaries of the National Park itself. The couple are taking a fabric first approach to the construction of the building, and for this, they decided that SIPS (structural insulated panels) would be ideal.
Using Modern Building Techniques For Speedy Construction
One of the issues that has faced civilisation for a long time; is how to develop a building technique for homes, that is both fast and results in the building being a strong safe structure. Modern building techniques have allowed for this to become a reality. Time saving construction methods are now available to ensure that you can create a structure on a tight timescale; which will stand the test of time and hold up strongly against the elements.
Manchester SIPS House: One of our latest projects in North Manchester – a detached SIPs house for our client, Rob Barnes. Due to some large openings and a sedum roof, steel and glulam beams play a major part in the structure of this house. The SIPs element of this house was built in just 15 days by SIPS@Clays from Skipton.
What Are Structural Insulated Panels?
Structurally Insulated Panels (also known as SIPs) are an innovative, cost effective and environmentally friendly construction method and building material. SIPs are panels that have an insulating foam core in-between two structural facings which tend to be made from oriented strand board also known as OSB which is a specialised .
From Leaky Shack to Community Hub: Rebuilding Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Group HQ
Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Group had a problem. Their 40-year-old headquarters building was showing its age, with structural problems, a leaky roof and inadequate kitchen and toilet facilities. The headquarters is used by 280 children and young people each week, so the group was in dire need of a new scout building in order to continue serving the local community.
SIPS@ Clays to Feature in New Building Restoration TV Programme on The Home Channel
If you haven’t been watching My Dream Derelict Home, you might wish to start tuning in now. The brand new 15-part series follows several brave singles, couples and families who prove that, with a bit of grit and determination (and a flexible budget), even the most derelict of buildings can be turned around. Presented by Simon O’Brien – an industry insider and developer who seriously knows his stuff – this new building restoration TV programme promises inspiration, excitement and drama in equal measures.
How We Helped a Couple Realise their Dream of Building an Airtight Countryside Escape
For many, it’s the ultimate dream. Not just living in an idyllic rural home, but taking pride in the knowledge that you built it all by yourself. And to top everything off, knowing that never again will your energy bills render you speechless – except with glee, perhaps. Chris and Ann White are now living that dream, having recently completed an airtight house construction project using SIPS.
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Thinking of building or renovating your own home? Want ideas, inspiration and expert advice? The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show offers all these things and much more besides. It’s the UK’s biggest self build show, with over 500 exhibitors showcasing all the very best products and services for your home and interiors, together with seminars, masterclasses and free one-to-one consultations. What’s more, there’s going to be a greater focus on sustainable building and energy saving solutions than ever before! Click here to read the official guide.
In this month’s (April) edition of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine read about how Tim & Melissa built this contemporary SIPs house in Bishopthorpe, just outside York. This house got an air test result of less than 0.83 m3/(h.m2) – making it close to passivhaus standards. Click here to read more on our website.
What Is An Eco Friendly Home?
When it comes to building a home, one area to take into consideration, is how eco-friendly the property is going to be. An eco-friendly home, is one that is built with the idea of having a low impact and limiting damage to the environment. By having low carbon emissions and being self sufficient wherever possible in terms of heat and power, then the environment will benefit.