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Current build in Essex

August 2019 sees us commence the frame erection for our Clavering Barn project, in the Essex countryside, near Saffron Walden. This work involves the conversion of an unused, fairly modern, agricultural barn to a family home, retaining the existing attractive timber trusses in the barn, but at the same time wrapping the structure with our …

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Gloucestershire

Our Touchwood Homes team are currently on site in Gloucestershire, nearing completion of a large 420m2 family home on a plot previously occupied by an old public house. The home is set overlooking stunning rural agricultural landscape and the design features two offset two storey elements, with a linked single storey section, an arrangement that …

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Buckinghamshire

The Touchwood team are nearing the end stages of constructing a new home on a plot of land previously occupied by a poorly constructed, damp and drafty bungalow. The frame is now up, and we are now set to install the MVHR first fix ductwork, which will leave the structure ready for the follow on …

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Home Office Pod v3

The Touchwood Homes team have recently been building a demonstration home office building, the Pod v3, which we would like to offer as a turnkey building enterprise, that we would come and erect on your land or garden space for you to use and enjoy. Just as per our home builds, this build design is …

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Maldon, Essex

  Our Touchwood Homes team finished work on this two storey home in Maldon near the Essex coast in February 2019.  This stunning new home has a distinctive modern style and will be a fabulous addition to the street scene in which it is set, but with substantially lower running costs than the neighbouring houses …

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Low Cost Passivhaus Home

Having built many unique, bespoke passivhaus homes, we feel the market needs a low cost passivhaus design that is easy to replicate and so can quickly provide super-efficient homes with extremely low running costs for families to enjoy. To this end we have created an initial conceptual design for a 2 bedroom home with attractive curved …

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Modern box-style home

The Touchwood Homes team have now completed their latest exciting new build project: constructing a modern ‘box’ style home on a plot of land previously occupied by a poorly performing 1950’s bungalow. The main features of this design are the large over-hanging first floor and glazed areas to the rear of the building. These presented us …

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Two Acres

Our Two Acres passivhaus project in Essex is now finished, our team having completing the frame erection of this 280m2 home in just 4 weeks! Before leaving site we had a diagnostic air-test done to ensure that our unique external airtight board approach to thermal enveloping had achieved passivhaus levels of airtightness – the test …

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Findhorn

Summer 2017 saw us working on this large ranch style home near the scenic Findhorn harbour on the North Sea in Scotland. Our timber-frame super insulated build system incorporating the Touchwood Homes external air-tight layer construction is the perfect solution to maintaining a comfortable indoor living environment despite harsh Scottish winter weather conditions with minimal …

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Lamorna

Lanmora is a self-managed build project in Wiltshire, replacing a derelict bungalow that had previously occupied the site. A local contracter was initially employed to demolish the bungalow and clear the ground ready for the team at Advanced Foundation Technology to come in and install the insulated raft foundation system. Touchwood Homes completed the first …

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Chiefs Farm Passivhaus

Chief’s Farm in Essex is a Passivhaus certified home built on a site that had been occupied by a derelict house that had stood vacant for many years. Our contract included designing and installing the strip foundations using our thermal-bridge free detailing to create a very well performing foundation with minimal loss of heat to ground. …

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Weymouth Passivhaus

Our Weymouth passivhaus project was completed 2016, with the client living in the house over the winter prior to having the heating connected. Incredibly the house has maintained 20 degrees on average during the winter, with the temperature outside going as low as -5 at night, without the heating connected. This shows the incredible energy …

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Harmans Orchard

Our Harman’s Orchard build in Kent is situated on a stunning site overlooking the Kent countryside. The architectural design of the house is complex, with many different cladding types, changes in floor levels and a part basement means our pre-cut system works very well – panelised systems would struggle with this degree of bespoke design. …

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Brindleshaw

We have now completed our Brindleshaw Barn project in Kent, a new build timber frame home to replace the redundant farm building on the site Our frame went up quickly, creating a large open internal space, perfect for modern open plan living. Following frame completion, we installed MVHR duct first fix leaving the site ready…

Weyhill Passivhaus +

The Weyhill passivhaus new home in Hampshire was completed by Touchwood in spring 2016, with the client then organising follow on trades. We also designed and built the large garage building which has substantial PV on the roof (as well as PV on the house). In total there is 10.8kWp PV on the site, qualifying …

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Wood House

We have recently finished erecting our modern flat roof Wood View project. This complex frame features a considerable amount of glulam beams, which will remain visible in the upstairs section of the building to create an aesthetic sympathetic to the many trees present on the site For the engineering we designed out all the steel …

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Bromley Passivhaus

This passivhaus certified Touchwood Homes building is set in a residential street in Bromley and was designed to look in keeping with the other houses on the street, rather than be a radical modern design, but also to meet the passivhaus criteria. This was easily accomplished with extremely low air test results (substantially lower than …

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Steel Barn Conversion

We recently completed erecting the timber frame for a steel barn conversion to residential to create a large home with 650m2 of internal floor space, We have put the design through the PHPP software which shows it to be on the edge of meeting the passivhaus criteria – impressive for a building which had to fit within …

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Roundhouse

Touchwood Homes designed, supplied and erected the complex glulam frame for the Roundhouse, from an initial conceptual design from the client’s architect. Being such as unusual design the home has been selected for series (series 14) of Grand Design, first shown on 17th September 2014.​ The home not only has a circular footprint, but the ‘flat’ …

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Porters Passivhaus

  This project was managed by David and Penny, a retired couple building in the garden of their existing home. The foundation, frame and Optiwin windows were supplied and fitted by Touchwood. The renewable heating system was designed and installed by our local partners Dragon Contracts, featuring a 1000 litre thermal store, 4 solar panel …

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Strawbale House

On a hillside in West Scotland a revolutionary build is taking place – our client Robert Dunn and his wife Justine are erecting a beautiful curved wall house which when completed will be amazingly warm and, similar to all Touchwood Homes, very economical with regard to heating demand. Contrary to our preferred use of cellulose …

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Howe Park

The Howe Park passivhaus is a modern ultra low energy home built in Milton Keynes, with the timber frame designed, supplied and erected by Touchwood from a design by Eco Design Consultants. The house also features our Optiwin passivhaus windows.   Using our robust air tightness detailing, this build achieved an extremely low air tightness …

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Sunsets Bungalow

Our farmer client here required a super low energy house to avoid high running costs, with a look that fits in with the local stone buildings. The design is a good example showing Ecohomes do not need to look different, and can in fact look like conventional houses – they just have super insulation and …

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Fox Barn Passivhaus

Fox Barn is a new build passivhaus in a Hampshire village designed to fit in with the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The clients approached Touchwood since they needed a super insulated, air tight frame to ensure the building met the PH specification, which coupled with our passivhaus foundation system provides a home …

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Knights Hill

This bold design has substantial glazing to take full advantage of the open views. The main house has a basement with our two storey timber frame structure over. Next to this is the single storey social wing, a large open space fully glazed on one side to enjoy the view with a link building between. …

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Hampshire Modern Home

Our client for this project in Winchester owned a very poorly constructed bungalow which they found impossible to keep warm in the winter, so they decided to demolish and in its place build a modern looking home. Our pre-cut timber frame system with a passivhaus foundation slab created a completely air tight structure which we …

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The Orchard

The Orchard is our new build project in Clapham, London which fits into a narrow strip of land between the client’s (Will’s) previous self-build house, Tree House, and a garage. Tree House is a pioneering zero-carbon home, with super insulation and air tightness which adds an exciting modern build to the predominately Victorian street. Due to the …

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Winmill Farm

Winmill Farm (this is the correct name!) is a dramatic single storey curved roof home, with two storey attached garage to provide studio over the car garaging. Touchwood designed the home with curved Glulam beams to form the shape, with bespoke steel brackets to create the fixings between posts and curved beams. Touchwood’s bespoke build …

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Higher Pytte

Colin and Christine approached Touchwood Homes because they had learned that our efficient build process results in nominal day to day running costs, which they liked the idea of,  and they also liked the substantial ‘heavy weight’ quality that they experienced in the Touchwood homes that they visited. Higher Pytte was built using our 300mm …

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Traditional Oak Home

For this project in Berkshire, the requirement was for a super insulated low energy frame with a traditional look, so it was decided that the build would be that of brick skin on the exterior, and exposed Oak beam features throughout the interior. Incorporating Oak features within our frame is no problem, the structure is …

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Sans Ennui

Sans Ennui is a contemporary home on the island of Jersey completed in 2012. The frame was designed and erected by Touchwood, with Optiwin triple glazed windows sourced and installed by us. The style of the home provides a striking impression on the area, showing the complete versatility of our low energy build system.

Glen Cottage

Glen Cottage is a very low energy family home built using our passivframe construction technique with render cladding. Features of the design are a striking turret containing the staircase, a first floor balcony providing an excellent location to enjoy the sea view and on the ground floor folding doors to really open up the house in the summer to enjoy the …

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Portland Place

Portland Place is a high specification low energy development built on a town centre brownfield site to provide modern open plan accommodation. The building is timber frame, with the front facade being brick slip clad to match the Victorian street. The 3 storey timber frame structure was built over a full size basement to provide two, three bedroom apartments with a shared …

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Black House

The Black House provides an architecturally striking addition to the small Suffolk village where it sits, with inspiring views over the estuary. Internally the house features an impressive polished concrete floor throughout the ground floor, these alternatives to conventional carpet or wooden floors can have any coloured additives for any visual effect required, whilst also …

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Dyffryn

Emma and Dan Holmes had been living in a bungalow at a superb location with great sea views for 8 years but always wished for a better house. They then made the decision to demolish the bungalow and build a new low energy house on the site. After gaining planning permission, the bungalow was demolished and Touchwood were awarded the contract to …

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Hopground Cottage

Hopground Cottage is located in a small Hertfordshire village so the planning department required the styling to fit in with the local vernacular. This was achieved along with constructing an air-tight very well insulated modern building. The house features 250mm thick walls insulated with cellulose fibre insulation, house wrap for an air-tight build, heat recovery …

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