An amazing "Paragraph 79" self-build home recessed into the bank of a rural lake

This unique new-build house in a greenbelt area was granted planning permission through the elusive Paragraph 79 and is of notable architectural interest as well complimenting the surrounding environment.

The glass facade is made up of Internorm HS330 sliding doors and matching fixed panels. Performance was a key priority and the HS330 triple-glazed doors achieve incredible Uw-values of well below 0.8 (Passivhaus standard). This means that very little heat is lost through the windows, while the large surface area maximises heat from the sun in colder weather. In fact Richard and Sarah say they only use the heating in very cold, overcast weather. On the day we visited to take these photos, it was warm as toast inside despite being January ... and the heating hadn't come on at all! Narrow horizontal Internorm HF410 windows at the highest point at the rear of the home help draw fresh air through the building in hot weather.

Products Used

  • Internorm HS330 Lift-and-Slide Doors (triple glazed 54mm, 7016 anthracite grey aluminium, clear-lacquered spruce timber)
  • Internorm KF410 Studio  Fixed Windows (triple-glazed, RAL 7016 anthracite grey aluminium, RAL 7016 anthracite grey UPvc)
  • Internorm KF410 Studio  Side entrance door (triple-glazed, RAL 7016 anthracite grey aluminium, RAL 7016 anthracite grey UPvc)

 

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