The owners: Jess Fletcher, a company manager, lives here with husband Ian, who is semi-retired
The property: A two-bedroom mobile home, built off-site to Passivhaus standards, located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire
Total cost: £368,000
When Jess and Ian Fletcher decided that their gas-heated, mobile home was no longer fit for purpose, they discovered that the homes in their surrounding Hampshire were selling north of the £1million mark. The contemporary solution meant that they could stay in the five acres of stunning silver birch woodland that they had lived in for 25 years.
Jess and Ian were fans of other buildings that PAD Studio had designed, so approached the architects to create a mobile home that would take full advantage of the lovely surroundings. ‘The main thing that we wanted was to take into account the views,’ says Jess. With this in mind, full-height triple-glazed windows were to be placed in positions where the natural beauty of the plot could be fully appreciated.
They wanted the replacement for their old mobile home to be more modern, have better levels of energy efficiency and a design that would offer them larger living spaces.
There have been two caravans on the site since 1963, so the couple hoped they would be able to seek planning permission for a brand new mobile home.
Having confirmed that they would be able to replace their existing park home, the couple initially approached various caravan manufacturers. However, with none of the models fitting their desires for a sustainable home, they turned to local architects PAD Studio who have a large portfolio of conservation area and national park homes.
Although the practice had not been commissioned to do anything like this before, project architect Ricky Evans was confident that their design would pass through planning if they stuck to the rules of the Caravan Act 1968. This restricts the construction and size of the dwelling to 8x20 metres.
The home was prefabricated off-site with all design elements agreed beforehand. Large windows were a must, so triple-glazed full-height windows and doors were specified. Insect screens have been added so that they couple can throw the doors open to enjoy the breeze, but keep mosquitos out.
An open-plan design was adopted to create a great sense of space in the small home. A light interior palette of white walls, natural whitewashed oak and limestone worktops in the kitchen aid the illusion of the property being more spacious than it is.
- Build cost: £180,000
- Architect's fees: £33,000
- Windows: £33,000
- Deck/boardwalk and brise soleil: £19,000
- Bathrooms: £18,000
- Bespoke wardrobes and shelving: £18,000
- Kitchen: £16,000
- Air-source heat pump, hot water and underfloor heating with MVHR: £14,000
- Lighting system and fixtures: £13,000
- Oak flooring/ceiling: £8,000
- Decoration: £6,000
- Solar 4kW system: £6,000
- Rainwater harvesting: £4,000
- Total: £368,000
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