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Sustainable Design

We believe buildings should be sustainable as a matter of course and not just a tag on green extra.  That’s sometimes difficult to achieve but we try to encourage clients wherever possible to create sustainable developments.

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Bruntland Report, 1987

Sustainable Communities

Our country needs more and better housing. That means improving older properties and, crucially, building new homes in well-connected, carbon-efficient communities with a range of facilities such as schools, health centres, shops, pubs and parks.  We believe in creating sustainable communities, find out more here:

Passive Houses, Stoke Poges

A sneak preview of two new houses we have been designing for a site in Stoke Poges in Berkshire.  The houses are being designed to passive standards of airtightness and insulation to reduce energy use to a minimum. Tweet

Sustainable Family Home, Dunsford near Exeter

“Kirsty and Stuart’s designs are beautiful and unique, our positive planning outcome was undoubtedly due to the sympathetic nature of their design and their absolute interpretation of our brief.  Living Space have designed a house that is in perfect harmony with its surrounding landscape, whilst at the same time being innovative and modern design.  We […]

House Extension & Refurbishment Grey Wings Cornwall

Extension to house in Looe, Cornwall.  The project included the refurbishment of the existing house and integration of sustainable technology including a photovoltaic array and grey water recycling system as well as increasing the overall level of insulation and replacing windows throughout the house.  Materials including the chestnut timber frame were sourced locally from an […]

Refurbishment & Extension White Horses Bantham

The extension and refurbishment of this large house in Bantham overlooking Burgh Island.  The house was converted into 4 flats which are used as private holiday accomodation by the owners and their extended family.  Insulation was increased wherever possible internally and solar panels were added to the roof to suplement hot water heating. Tweet

Barn Extension The Granary Teignbridge

Set within the landscape of a Listed farm building, this sensitive extension and loft conversion required extensive negotiations with Teignbridge District council and EnglishHeritage and creates a contemporary extension which sits perfectly with the traditional barn form..  The work was completed on site by Carpenter Oak, contractors for several Grand Designs projects, who work with […]

Sustainable Refurbishment Sunrise Cornwall

This house refurbishment in St Germans, Cornwall started with an air source heat pump installed with efficient low temperature radiators and a rain water storage tank under the garden lawn.  Energy bills were greatly reduced to the extent that several neighbours have decided to install a similar system. Insualtion is added wherever possible including the cavity walls and roof. […]

Newtown Community Centre Exeter

Living Space Architects are working with Newtown Community Association in Exeter to build a new exemplar sustainable building. The new building is designed to passively control its internal environment with high levels of insulation and air tightness.  Photovoltaic rooftiles, an air source heat pump, locally sourced materials and rain water recycling all contribute to creating a truly sustainable project.  Our work […]

Pipers Wood – Self Build

This new house in Kent was designed to be as low profile as possible with the first floor bedrooms within the attic space to ensure planning permission on a tricky site in Sevenoaks.  The main rooms and glazing face south to take advantage of solar gain and the house integrates sustainable technology including PV panels […]

Housing Scheme

Development of 4 semi-detached houses in Plymouth constructed using a Super Insulated Panel System (SIPS).  Houses are designed with larger areas of glazing on the south side and a solid more defensive facade facing the main road to the north giving passive control of temperatures. Tweet

Bala Brook Budhist Retreat

A new studio space and treatment studios for Bala Brook Budist Retreat on the edge of Dartmoor near South Brent. Tweet


A house refurbishment in Cornwall.  Walls were dry lined internally with a specialist damp proof membrane which allows the historic stone walls to breath.  Insulation was added withing the roof and insulated plasterboard used giving increased energy efficiency and reduced heating requirements. Tweet