Category Archives: Eco Design

Timber Post And Beam House By The Water

The last few weeks seemed to be the time for planning applications. We submitted at least 4 applications and received approval on a number, including the house above.

We’ve received approval for a new 4-bedroom house on the banks of the River Thames. The house is in Flood Zone 3b (the functional flood plain), so we plan to raise the building on stilts to reduce the risk of the house flooding and to provide a flood storage zone beneath the full footprint of the building.

The house will be built by Meisterstueck, a 115-year-old family-run company from Hamlin, Germany, who build bespoke timber-framed housing for the UK. The house is expected to be erected on site in early 2019.

If you’d like to know more about bespoke timber-framed housing or about building in Flood Risk areas please contact us.

Passivhaus For Primary Schools

This sketch image illustrates the concept for Thinking Buildings latest design proposal and bid to build a new super low energy Passivhaus primary school in Oxfordshire. Passivhaus is a highly effective and exemplary way of reducing...
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Thinking Buildings Off To Germany

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We’ve been working with Meisterstueck-Haus, a German off-site manufacturer for around 5 years. Recently we took a trip over to Hamelin to meet with them to discuss working closer and to share a few beers!

The trip was great and we were made very welcome, part of the family. We stayed over a few days, sleeping over in their ‘Show Home’ on the factory site. Breakfast was delivered to the door at 6:30am and very much enjoyed.

There will be a longer update in a few days. Keep watching.