New house with hemp and lime thermal elements

New house near Hadleigh in Suffolk, designed by Modece Architects. The design for private clients incorporates hemp and lime construction to create this starkly elegant dwelling. The hemp and lime combination is poured or sprayed between vertical studs and creates the thermal element of this building, being finished externally with a combination of larch boards and lime render and lime plaster internally. The internal staircase is bespoke and features open timber treads supported on slender tubular steel stringers. To counter the potential shrinkage and swelling of the local clay soil, the house and neighbouring garage building are built on simple reinforced concrete raft foundations. The superstructure and substructure to both house and garage were designed by JP Chick Norwich office.


Photo credit – Modece Architects