Whether you are just starting out, or are well on your way; Hartwyn can provide detailed guidance about all stages of your build – from initial design and consultation, through planning and building control, to the actual build. Along with our industry partners we offer a full in-house turnkey service – Architect, engineer, building inspector, builder – all working together to realise your dream.
The entire build is run as a free training program for interns wanting to learn how to build natural, healthy, sturdy homes from start to finish.
This construction method means that you get the best of both worlds:
Professionals run your build and are accountable for build length, budget and provide a warrantied quality product, just as with a conventional company.
But with the bulk of the labour being provided free of charge the build cost is offered significantly cheaper to the customer.
Hartwyn are the only natural building company able to offer you truly the most sustainable build option coupled with competitive prices.
A recent client’s land was surrounded by Sweet Chestnut trees. By far the most sustainable option for wall cladding (slats which look a bit like fencing) would be to selectively fell a tree onsite. This also creates more growth.
We can then create shingles (the slats of wood used to clad the structure) from the tree onsite and clad the building to create a truly low impact, weather tight building that fits into the landscape.
The shingle making process takes time, and to pay a team to make them would cost you thousands. Or, you could buy in wood shingles shipped across the world at a high carbon and monetary price.
Hartwyn use a team of volunteer interns who are all eager to learn and practice natural building techniques, so we can create the most sustainable solution for little more than the porridge it takes to fuel the team.
– to name just a few. Get in touch if you would like to discuss a specific project
We have the benefit of time – at very low cost to you, which in turn provides a finished building that is healthy, beautiful, affordable and a very low cost environmentally.
Modern construction focuses on labour saving and is not sustainable. The current economy places a premium on speed and opts for blanket solutions due to the high price of the labour involved. Many of these materials carry a very high environmental cost in:
The entire construction industry has this at it’s foundation. These market forces set the type, quality and cost of modern buildings but also create the inherent problems.
Traditional materials and technologies are not poor cousins to the wonders of the modern age. They are mostly forgotten, or misunderstood and they have a great deal to offer.
The factor that holds them back from an equal footing in the modern building lexicon is time. It takes time to learn a heritage artisanal skill, and it takes time to implement. When you try to plug a traditional technology or trade in to the modern construction economy you end up paying significantly more as the labour time involved is often two or three times the modern equivalent.
The results however, speak for themselves.