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imageSarah Lonsdale tests the latest ‘eco’ products and sorts the fads from the finds. This week: an eco-makeover for an unlovely building.

The village of Over in Cambridgeshire lies exposed, like all Fenland villages, to the bitter easterlies that sweep in from the Russian steppes. Apart from a few trees, the flat semi-liquid landscape is exposed to the pitiless winds that can chill even in summer. Having grown up in the area, I still shiver at memories of seeing my breath in my bedroom on winter mornings.

The houses in Over are a typical mix of brick-built Victorian villas and mid-20th- century bungalows – rather unlovely boxes in shades of pink, yellow and grey.

One of these bungalows, however, has undergone an ugly duckling-style transformation so as to be unrecognisable. The exterior is clad in thin cedar planks ranging in hues from creamy beige to deep pink and the front façade has an almost industrial-style sawtooth roofline of three asymmetrical apexes.

Eco-improving period property

imageSarah Lonsdale tests the latest ‘eco’ products and sorts the fads from the finds. This week: eco-improving period homes

It’s all very well eco-improving architecturally uninteresting homes. With apologies to residents of bungalows and houses built in the Seventies and Eighties, these often uninspiring boxes don’t look any worse – and usually look better – for extra cladding, new windows and altered rooflines.

But the vast majority of our housing stock is older, and considerably more beautiful. How do you eco-improve a period home in a conservation area without annoying the neighbours, falling foul of planners or desecrating a lovely streetscape? Yet rising fuel bills and concern for the environment are inspiring home owners to take the plunge with historic buildings in sensitive locations.

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