6 Hogs Edge
Hedgehog Housing is a co-operative of ten beautiful self-built timber frame houses. They are located in Bevendean – probably one of Brighton’s best kept secrets – and have idyllic south-facing verandas and stunning views of the Downs.
Brigitta came to the project in ‘97, when the co-op was just getting going. The build took 2.5 years with each family putting in 30 hours labour a week. She has a huge sense of pride and achievement from building her own home and loves the sense of community. The ecological footprint of Brigitta’s family is small due to her conscious lifestyle choices (no car) and careful conservation measures in the home. Originally the roofs were grass, but this suffered in dry weather. It was replaced with sedum, which has been successful. Energy bills are low thanks to the solar gain from the extensive south facing windows, the open plan and economic layout, and ‘Warmcell’ insulation (recycled paper).
Architect: Robin Hillier of Architype
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