Burkhard Herrmann

LMN19

INSPIRATION

Moved with Andrea to Co Sligo, Ireland in 1986. They had renovated and lived in an old cottage for a number of years and constantly fought the damp and darkness. He now believes that it is not worth renovating an old cottage, too expensive and time-consuming: ‘Easier to start from scratch’.
They met Colin Bell and discussed ideas of self-building. Colin introduced them to the Walter Seagal method. Burkhard saw these ideas as being logical, liveable, and ecologically sound.
In 1993 they hired Colin as their architect and designed the house together to fit their needs. The orientation of the home was crucial and, as outlined in the Seagal method of building, was positioned to ensure the best light in the rooms at the right time of day. The chimney stack is in the centre of the house providing maximum warmth.
Colin and Burkhard built their homes at the same time and shared experiences and some expenses such as shared delivery costs. The process was very much ‘Learning by doing’. He worked on his own for the most part with some help from Jerry Fox plus an electrician and plumber.
Andrea is a reflexologist and massage therapist. They have built a timber frame therapy room in their garden for her work


TYPE OF HOUSE

Timber frame, single storey.


POINT OF INTEREST

Burkhard is a  builder, and occasionally teaches at the Organic centre –
He has worked on the house of, amongst others: Charlie Easterfield and Teresa Needham
He also sells and installs timber frame products: Sheds, conservatories, carports etc


ECO ELEMENTS

  • Low impact on surrounds – on stilt foundations.
  • Passive solar heating where possible through the aspect of house.
  • Solar panels.

CREATIVE ELEMENTS

Walter Seagal methods of building for the self-builder.

Self-designed and self-built.

Pizza oven on site built 2012 by Burkhard and his son.


ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

Self and Colin Bell

BUILDER

Self


MATERIALS

Foundations  Concrete pillars
 Walls  Layers cedar cladding, board and insulation
Roof   Reclaimed slates
Insulation Rock wool
   

HEAT SOURCE

  • Hunter stove in the kitchen with back boiler.
  • Solar panels.
  • Open fire in living room.
  • Wood burner in bathroom to heat bath water.

WATER SOURCE

Did have a well but was sulphur water. Recently got mains


WASTE

Septic tank.


GARDEN

  • Green house
  • Poly-tunnel
  • Conservatory has grapes

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Planning: Only a single storey allowed.

Time scale: One Year of full time work.
Satisfaction rating: Very happy though not finished…on-going work

Had to treat the cedar cladding on the north side. Found it was growing algae because it was always damp and never got the sun. Power washed it off and painted with a Scandinavian paint made from wheat flour, linseed oil and copper. Windows on north side also a problem need constant repainting so chose  plastic windows for studio.

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