Insulation Heat Loss Diagram

Owners of a farm property in Banks Peninsula saw potential in their neglected milking shed, so called in Walker Architecture designer Pete Hodge, Christchurch. Hodge came to take a look to find a structurally sound shed equipped with solid concrete columns and beams. Together they decided to transform the milking shed into a classic, glamorous home.

Insulation Heat Loss Diagram

Fed up with feeling cold and damp in their own large, ageing farm house on the same property the couple wanted to downsize. They wanted to do their own research and be involved throughout the process with knowledge on how the house would operate and breathe. “The clients were very driven to be informed,” Hodge explained.

The milking shed’s concrete structure allowed for absorption and storage of heat, meeting healthy home and energy efficient standards. Peeled right back to its skeleton rigid foam insulation was installed within the building’s walls, floor and ceiling. Windows and doors were positioned to minimise heat loss. Hodge explains that when the air temperature cools, the heat absorbed by the concrete is released back into the room where the insulation prevents it from escaping.

Insulation Heat Loss Diagram

The couple found it difficult to come to terms with the fact that they would not need to keep the large existing log burner, nor make space for storing wood due to the well-insulated design. They decided on a small fireplace purely for a comfy, cosy ambience. The couple didn’t like the idea of a new townhouse. They wanted context and narrative, which with the limited palette of materials and simple ‘L’ shape was achieved. The simplicity of the house and its original foundations maintain its connection to its rural environment and farm surroundings.

Adapted from Colleen Hawkes, Derelict milking shed converted into stunning eco farmhouse

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