Hello. I was wondering if anyone had any experience of the following:
A friend of mine is looking to convert a small outbuilding into a
couple of bedrooms and a bathroom - nothing complicated. It is quite a
pretty building and structurally sound, but the quotes he has had for
converting it are astronomical (it is in the French Alps). I read in
the Architectural Review a few months ago an example of a guy who had
inserted an insulated wooden "box within a box" that he had put wihtin
a charming old stone pig sty - i.e. he had built his wooden insulated
unit off site, got all his insulation, services, etc in that, then
taken the pieces to the pig sty and built it within. Annoyingly,
that's the only copy of the AR I can't now find in my collection!
The point is, externally my friend wants to preserve the appearance of
his little outbuilding, in the same way that the Austrian guy did with
his little pig sty. I was thinking that if he could get this unit
designed and factory assembled offsite (say somewhere in Eastern
Europe) he could potentially realise significant savings versus
craftsmen on site, and be able to save time in the construction. The
outbuilding he has is structurally sound, its just not that
weatherproof / it has a lot of holes in it.
Anyone have any thoughts or know of any sites where I could research
this further? T-I-A.