Focus House

This low maintenance, low energy, low cost home was designed in 2005 as an example of a simpler framework for future living

The main objective was to exchange a large, high maintenance house for a compact low maintenance, energy preserving house that would allow a young couple and their children to shift the focus of their life by providing them with more actual living space by transposing the traditional space division of the Victorian house to suit present-day needs. 

Healthy air and water quality is ensured by the rigorous selection of non-toxic materials, heat recovery ventilation and a whole-house water filtration system for drinking and bathing water. CO2 emissions are minimised with solar thermal water heating, low energy heat recovery ventilation, reasonably airtight construction, solid-core wood construction and excellent insulation.

Photography: Edward Gibbs, Peter Cook, Jefferson Smith


  • RIBA London Award, Winner 2007
  • Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards, Winner 2007
  • Grand Designs Awards, Best Eco House, Winner 2007