Traditionally, the orientation of a house was of prime importance. The prevailing wind, the path of the sun and the micro-climate around the house was all carefully considered. This is still important and must be taken into account when planning the interior layout of a house. As can be seen on the computer created pictures the Traditional series of houses look traditional. To make this credible, the internal layout, to a certain degree, has to be dictated by the external look, at least on the side of the house facing the road. Another drawback is that the short roof-overhang gives no protection from the high summer sun and overheating in summer can occur if the windows are not blocked with curtains.
Traditional version of a Baltica 82 including an integrated porch. 82m2 ground floor area + 54m2 upstairs = 136m2 floor area.
From an ecological / sustainability /life-cycle point of view the natural timber external cladding is superior to the plaster version. From a technical performance / life expectancy / maintenance perspective the plaster system is as good or better than the timber version. The initial investment is definitely higher with the plastered version.
Scandinavian Homes Ltds. philosophy of building with clean compact shapes is well in harmony with the real traditional older house types in Ireland.
Traditional version of a Nordica 125 with 40 degrees roof-pitch. 125m2 ground floor area + 72m2 upstairs = 197m2 floor area. Near passive specification.
The single storey houses incorporate the timeless design elements derived from the traditional cottage. The classic design principles are amalgamated with modern Scandinavian techniques for energy- efficient and ecological building.
Two-storey Traditional rendered houses can be made with hipped roofs without attic conversion, traditional 30° roof pitch and rain-gutters all around. Talk to us about this! We are quite fond of the two-storey traditional Irish farmhouse with the door in the middle. The difficulty is to generate passive solar heating through large windows while maintaining the traditional look.