BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE WITH BAUFRITZ

11.09.18

Bespoke-design timber homes are changing the face of house building forever – not only to the bene­fit of their occupiers, but also the planet. By Stephen Penn

It takes considerable zeal and endeavour to cra­ft a home that combines unrivalled levels of comfort and luxury with sustainability. Yet it’s this holistic approach to design and build that’s delivering a burgeoning homeowner fanbase for award-winning developer Baufritz UK.

A family-run company that has been building elegant timber framed houses in Germany for more than a century, and over a decade in the UK, Baufritz has acquired a reputation for delivering on quality construction and design excellence. Every Baufritz home is different; each property individually designed by a dedicated team of in-house architects and interior design specialists.

The choice of timber, which is a renewable resource, ensures nature’s cycle is preserved in the build process, with the company supporting national and European reforestation programmes. 37cm thick, energy efficient timber walls and high-thermal performance windows, also ensure no loss of heat or energy.

“At Baufritz we believe that to be truly ecologically sound, homes must be highly energy efficient,” says Oliver Rehm, Managing Director, at Baufritz UK. “Even in the manufacturing process, our homes save energy because they are made entirely of wood. As a result, very little energy is needed to process this raw material, it just has to be felled, stripped of bark and le­ to dry.”

Homes are also positioned to make the best use of their natural surroundings; acquiring optimum benet from the sun’s warmth and light, while protecting it from the elements with natural ‘assets’ such as trees. “It’s difficult to achieve complete self-sufficiency,” adds Oliver, “but by promoting the use of solar power and geothermal energy, household bills can be reduced to an absolute minimum. As such, with every build - we ensure clients are given the techniques and materials within their home to harness natural energy.”

The buildings are prefabricated at the company’s state-of the- art factory in Erkheim, Germany, and then constructed on site in just a couple of days, a significant time saving compared to a traditional bricks and mortar home.

A standout example of Baufritz’s design excellence is House Benett, a stunning three-storey property located on the outskirts of London. Providing 393 square metres of modern living space, its energy efficient design comes from unique ecological thermal insulation, consuming one-sixth the energy of the average UK house.

All materials incorporated within the home are also recyclable and fully biodegradable, while the fresh air supply is controlled by decentralised ventilation with heat recovery. Light, airy and spacious - the main living area is defined by an open-plan living space with direct garden access via a stairway. At the rear, a lower level hosts a home cinema room, with access to an outdoor patio area.

The double-height entry hall with skylight meanwhile, creates a natural glow of light, with four bedrooms on the top floor boasting en-suite bathrooms and balconies. Grey window frames, dark clay roof tiles and a porch roof finish the property’s contemporary look; one that blends with its natural surroundings. A four-bedroom home like House Bennett costs in the region of £600,000 – depending on the property footprint and dimensions. To ­find out more, visit www.baufritz.com.

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