Lee and Iain Jaffrey
As winter’s chill settles over the North of Scotland, young Aberdeenshire couple Lee and Iain Jaffrey are delighted with their snug and cosy new home from Scotframe, the UK’s leading full kit manufacturer and supplier.
The couple and their young family moved into Denwell Cottage on the outskirts of the village of Insch, 28 miles north west of Aberdeen, in August this year and have settled in to enjoy minimal energy bills.
Their new home, which stands at six metres from floor to ceiling, is open plan on the ground floor and flooded with light from roof to ground windows which open out onto a spacious deck.
Denwell Cottage was constructed for the Jaffrey’s by Gregor and Kate Davidson of Ellon-based Cairnrowan Custom Homes, who brought the project from kit arrival to achieving entry in a remarkable 14 weeks.
The home required considerable site clearance preparation work as it was on slightly sloping ground on the site of an old quarry and only had access from one side of the site.
Gregor Davidson said: “The whole erection process was complicated by the restrictions of the site and, because of the height of the house, there were major scaffolding implications.
“However, we brought the house in at 14 weeks and our target now is to bring that timescale down to 12 weeks.”
The walls and roof cassettes of Denwell Cottage kit use Scotframe’s Val-U-Therm PLUS® panels, which have proven their value in maximising airtightness, use of insulation and the thermal performance of the building fabric.
Gregor, who only builds A-rated homes and almost exclusively uses Scotframe kits said: “The Jaffrey’s were very keen on the eco side of the build and we manage to achieve airtightness of 0.38 air change per hour and an as-built EPC of 97%.
“This is well down into Passivhaus status.”
Denwell Cottage, designed by Annie Kenyon Architects.