David and Lydia are in their second year of Eco Open Homes and there have been substantial changes.
If you are thinking about renovation or refurbishment and would like to see how you can be innovative while being water and energy efficient, this is the house to see.
As their ‘forever home’ it meets with their principles of living more lightly in an urban setting and contains many examples that lead to an energy efficient home even though it is an old Edwardian house dating back to 1924.
It is still a work in progress but what is key with their renovations is that small decisions really do make a big impact over all and when added up, make for an efficient, warm, comfortable and smart way in which to live. They have also completed a couple larger projects of ground floor insulation and solid wall insulation which is not very common locally but which also helped the overall efficiency.
Outside in the gardens, where the work is being concentrated, are beautiful mature fruit trees, chickens, composting and big plans to create a high tech, water conservation cistern system which will transport rainwater and grey water around their plot to maximise the water recycling. Already their water consumption has reduced from the average of a 3-bedroom family home to that of a 1 bedroom flat.
Why not come along to see the chickens, pick apples and hear their stories of how it is really possible to live in an old house, with a modern lifestyle, and still achieve savings.