Archive for October, 2010

Devon Cottage – A day in the life of…

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

This is Devon Cottage the latest of our developments.

Devon Cottage is a single detached 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom family home now under construction in Cookham Dean, Berkshire.

The home will be built using traditional methods and handmade materials and has been sympathetically designed to blend in with its surroundings in a beautiful conservation area. The home is being constructed with the main aim of improving its energy efficiency, this will be achieved through a number of different building construction methods, which will be demonstrated and explained throughout the course of this Blog update.

We initially constructed an outbuilding on the property to give the local authority a pallet of the materials to be used for the completed home utilising handmade locally sourced bricks, traditional lime mortar and handmade roof tiles. The materials were selected to be sympathetic and in keeping with the local environment.

The Outbuilding at Devon Cottage

The Outbuilding showing the choice of handmade roof tiles

Handmade locally sourced bricks

With the outbuilding now complete, and the local authorities confident in our selection of materials, work on the main house commenced.

The construction of the main house began with the excavation of a basement followed with the laying of the Caltite concrete system which will help in achieving good thermal mass for the home.

The development of the site is progressing well and the concrete first floor is due imminently.  The home will be constructed with thick concrete walls and middle floors to increase thermal mass with attention to the air tightness of the structure thereby further enhancing the energy efficiency of the building.

We will be updating this Blog as the site progresses, so watch this space!

Welcome to our new website

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

After months of hard work and deliberation our new website is now finally complete!

At Aston Homes we are committed to creating a sustainable way of life through the homes that we build. Whilst we work towards the Zero Carbon requirements for 2016 we appreciate that this is a journey and there are many lessons to be learned and new technologies to be embraced, whilst still being mindful of the additional costs this implies for our end customers. Our aim is to start taking steps towards these requirements by building homes using traditional methods, and a set of basic sustainable principles, such as thermal mass, insulation, and air tightness.

Working on our website with our marketing company GMH Marketing has been a journey and experience for us, a pleasant one we have to say. We hope that you will find our new website interesting and informative. If you have any feedback which you think may be of benefit to us, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to register for our monthly emails, or quarterly newsletters, please click here.