A £1.5 million timber-clad riverside home in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire has been designed by its architect-owner to benefit from renewable heating technology.
The eye-catching property sites on an exceptional riverside plot, and is the brainchild of fifty-year old Chris Tapp, who spent twelve months creating the perfect design prior to the construction – which he describes as a bit like “putting together a flat-pack wardrobe”.
Costing around half a million pounds, to compact the risk of flooding, the property sits on 6ft-high stilts and features an underfloor heating system and a water source heat pump which extracts heat from the nearby river in much the same way ground source heat pumps extracts heat from the ground.
Located in Lower Shiplake, near Henley-on-Thames, it took Chris and three friends two weeks to construct the timber shell, and almost a year to finish the interior. Chris originally wanted the property to incorporate solar technology, but he had to abandon plans to the build the house at an angle so the roof would be facing south, and instead had to orient the property directly towards the river.
A specialist in riverside properties, Chris has designed a wood-framed home for TV presenter Julia Kendell and currently under construction is ‘The House By The Water’, a cutting-edge property which features a basement room with a window which has been designed to be partially submerged when the water level rises.
The construction of ‘The House By The Water’ is being filmed for Channel 4’s Grand Designs, a TV show which covers unusual architectural house-building projects.