How do you make a draughty period house fit for a net-zero world? The architect Ben Ridley, with his wife, Susanne, and their two-year-old daughter, Edyth, has done just that, insulating their Edwardian terrace in Muswell Hill, north London, to the highest Passivhaus levels in a serene top-to-bottom makeover for £250,000.
Untouched since the 1970s, the four-bedroom property was a swirl of red floral carpets, pink flock wallpaper, damp and mould when they bought it for £1 million in 2019. “It was dark, old and hadn’t been lived in for a year,” says Susanne, 41, a yoga teacher, who admits that she was filled with “trepidation”. But Ben, 37, the founder of Architecture for London, saw its potential — and the wide garden, where