As in many English houses, the basement is the heart of the house, with a kitchen table top made of recycled yoghurt containers on a wood base. The counters are made of teak from an old school lab. The living area opens out to a garden, with a patio made of old bricks from the original house, and a vegetable patch. The front path is also made of bricks and bits of stone.
They insulated all the walls with 4 inches of tongue and groove wood fibre board and covered it with clay plaster. The original window frames have been retained, but windows are sashed and double glazed. The floor boards were lifted, insulated and replaced with a new oak floor from sustainable sources. They inserted a light pipe which provides natural light in a dark hallway.
On an entirely different note, a prefab timber house, made in Slovenia and assembled in London in 10 days. Made of Siberian larch, these two houses, and an artist's studio are located on a small cul-de-sac, off a busy street. This is a tight, dense site and the design of the houses has been driven by the need to maximise light without loss of privacy. Living spaces and roof terraces are at the top of the houses with the bedrooms and bathrooms placed on the ground floors. The high windows are well above street level.The interiors are all made of wood, with stone carpet or resin flooring and a bamboo front door. There is a glass light well from the top down to the second floor and a balcony. :: Open House London