Ballenlochan’s Kincraig house type received a “Highly Commended” in the prestigious Scottish Home Awards which was held at the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday 15th June. Read More
The Eskgrove Team are delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted in 2 categories in the 2017 Scottish Home Awards:
House of the Year
Small Housing Development of the Year
The Scottish Home Awards bring together the best of the best in Scottish house builders and it’s an honour to be shortlisted!
We’re now on count down to the awards ceremony on Thursday 15th of June 2017 at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel.
With a house from Eskgrove Homes, eco features come as standard, right down to the bare bones of it. Each one is built using a closed-panel timber frame system, as opposed to a basic timber frame. This system is both structurally and thermally engineered to the exacting standards and requirements of Eskgrove. The materials are also carefully sourced and assembled under factory conditions to ensure an accurate build, plus, they look good too. You will find these eco-chic homes at Eskgrove’s developments in Pitlochry, Edinburgh and Peebles.
Eco Friendly Homes – How do they Differ?
Energy efficiency, eco-credentials and sustainability are all terms used these days, but what does it actually mean. Many volume house builders boast about their homes being energy efficient or having eco credentials, but invariably such claims fail to stand up to scrutiny when you scratch beneath the surface. An example of this is the increased use of Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP’s). Whilst they are to be congratulated for taking this step, it is rarely taken for the right reason (ie it is usually because there are not adequate gas supplies in an area to allow traditional boiler solutions!). Some builders also tend to use heat pumps without investing in improved building fabric, limiting the commercial value of this technology to their customers.
One example of an eco home builder is Eskgrove Homes. Eskgrove company philosophy is that their homes are sustainable along with being comfortable, healthy, easy to maintain and operate with as low a running cost as possible.
One of the main difference with Eskgrove homes is the way they are constructed. The majority of new homes are built using timber frame, which means that most of the kit is built on site and no matter how efficient the builders are, there are inevitably minuscule spaces that air can escape from.
However, Eskgrove Homes are one of a few companies in the UK to have developed timber frame systems to another level, into what is termed “closed panel construction”. This methodology sees the walls of each house virtually finished in the factory. For their homes at Pitlochry, this means the insulation, service conduits and internal plasterboard are all assembled with the studs into complete panels and delivered to site.
This method of construction allows each home to achieve an exceptionally high standard of air tightness. Put in its simplest of terms, if you try to heat a home which has lots of tiny air spaces, some of that heat escapes through these spaces. If you want to keep that home at a constant warm temperature, you have to keep putting more and more heat into it, to compensate for what you are losing through the spaces.
If your home is better made and has less spaces for warm air to escape, once you’ve heated it up, it will stay warm. After a while a small amount of that heat will of course leak out but it doesn’t take a big effort to replace it and get you back up to temperature.
With Eskgrove homes, it’s not just one eco-friendly features that’s included, it’s a whole package of them. The factory manufacture, the precisely engineered components, the detailing for air-tightness and the air source heat pump. They can also add in additional eco-friendly features such as underfloor heating and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. These are all parts of an interwoven and interdependent system, creating better, more sustainable homes.
For more information on Eskgrove Homes at Pitlochry www.eskgrove.co.uk
Ballenlochan, Pitlochry, is 10 two and there bedroom bungalows built using a closed panel timber frame system. This means insulation levels are much higher than many new build properties. They also come with air source heat systems, while ceiling heights are 2.7 metres to increase the sense of space.
Jack McKeown, Property Editor, The Courier
Edinburgh based property developer Eskgrove Homes has launched the showhome at Ballenlochan in Pitlochry, Perthshire.
Ten bungalows offer two property types – a two-bedroomed Moulin and a three-bedroomed Kincraig.
The homes are being built using a closed-panel timber frame system, rather than basic timber frames, to deliver super insulation and heated using an air source heat pump.
The air tightness of the exterior walls and roof means heat stays in the property, reducing heating bills.
Prices at Ballenlochan start at £249,000 with viewing by appointment and the showhome is open every Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm.
Article appeared in The Scotsman Property Supplement – Thursday 10th November 2016
How appropriate that Eskgrove Homes should a launch their latest development in the middle of winter, when it is wet, windy and cold, and our thoughts are homing in to the prospect of even higher fuel bills.
For Eskgrove, one of Scotland’s younger house builders whose own foundations were laid back in 2008, have quickly become known for concentrating on highly engineered properties that are super insulated and energy efficient.
As a result, those settling into one of their new-build homes will find worries about high fuel bills vanishing into history.
This latest venture from Eskgrove is located at Ballenlochan in Pitlochry. It’s homes are all bungalows with 2 styles available. One is a 2 bedroom Moulin, the other a 3 bedroom Kincraig.
Colin Cumberland, managing director of Eskgrove Homes said: “Our vision is to create homes which give you better tomorrows. We don’t just want our home owners to buy a brand new home, only to find out in 10 years’ time the building technology used is antiquated or obsolete and their fuel bills are increasing each year. At Eskgove we build homes not just for today, but also for tomorrow.”
Already reactions to this new approach has attracted a very positive reaction from potential purchasers. Mr Cumberland added “This is our first development in Perthshire and we’re thrilled by the response we’ve had. Our style and method of build is truly unique and a change from the standard new build. It’s such a pleasure to have our customers delighted and enthusiastic about their purchase of an Eskgrove home”.
What makes these homes so different to more conventional new build properties is the fact each one is built using a closed panel timber frame system rather than basic timber frames.
These system are structurally and thermally engineered to Eskgrove’s standards and requirements, ensuring excellent thermal performance.
The wall panels are made in Scotland and arrive at the building site complete with external cladding, insulations and plasterboard, as well as having doors and windows already fitted.
“All materials are very carefully sourced and combinded with the precision of their assembly under factory conditions, the result is more accurately built homes than offered by tradtional means”. explained the builders.
Adding to the efficiency of these homes is the fact they are heated by means of an air source heat pump to ensure it runs efficiently. Thanks to the extra insulations and air tightness of the exterior walls and roof, the heat remains within the building, another aspect that helps keep those fuel bills as low as possible.
Another plus point is the fact the extra insulations is a feature of the internal partitions, so ensuring all rooms can be enjoyed in peace and quiet.
But it is not only the structure of Eskgrove’s homes that makes them different from more conventional properties. The design of these houses add to their appeal.
Exterior features include clay roof tiles, proprietary render and natural timber cladding. Internally ceiling heights of at least 2.7 metres add to the spaciousness of the accommodation, which includes the living room, dining area, sun area and kitchen, with the bedrooms and bathrooms also designed to be as spacious as possible.
Overall space within the 2 bedroom bungalows amount to 934 square feet, with the 3 bedroom bungalows having 974 square feet of living space.
All ten of the bungalows at Ballenlochan have private gardens plus private parking. Prices for homes at Ballenlochan start at £239,000.
Written by Heather Rose from the Express (Friday 18th December 2015)