Over the past few years, we have developed an increasingly strong partnership with Callerton
(a kitchen system manufacturer based in the UK) and Cambridge Kitchens and Bathrooms
(the retail partner closest to our Self-Build Show Centre
For the Passivhaus showhome, our design brief required a simple kitchen, with stylish yet cost-effective materials. Callerton responded with a sleek handless design, which incorporated its Monza matt cabinetry, Blum’s award-winning Legrabox drawer systems, Dekton’s innovative XGloss worksurfaces, and the very latest Bosch appliances.
The kitchen is regularly described as the heart of the home, and while for many this is undoubtedly true, not everyone has the desire or inclination to spend an arguably disproportionate amount of their budget on the kitchen. Therefore, Callerton wanted to make a clear statement that great kitchens don’t have to be monstrously expensive. We also wanted to highlight that kitchen design should not be an afterthought and should instead be considered from an early stage of the design process to ensure that the finished article meets the requirements of the occupiers.
When designing a kitchen for a Passivhaus, early planning is also important as the interface between the mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) system in the house and the kitchen extract system is critical. Furthermore, the performance of the fittings impacts on the energy consumed by the house and, subsequently, the PHPP analysis.
I stressed earlier that the interior design for the house is intended to be simple, stylish and sophisticated. We carried this through into the kitchen design and the next challenge was to make sure that the three bathrooms followed suit. The Passivhaus has two en-suite bathrooms and a ground-floor family bathroom.
Each was designed by the team at Sottini
(one of our partners) to showcase its latest products and complement the other elements of the interior design. Sottini believes that function dictates form and the best designs are those that are clean and simple. This was reflected in the brief we gave them and the designs the company created for us.
Sottini has been at the forefront of water-efficient technologies since the business started trading over 40 years ago and continuously strives to minimise waste and improve efficiency in its products, something that was key in the building of this Passivhaus.
There you have it, we’ve now discussed all eight parts of building a Passivhaus building in our step-by-step guide
. It’s a complex build, but we are immensely proud of what we have achieved.