Client: Nigel and Annie Laing
Location: Honiton, Devon
Materials: Oak frame, Siberian larch cladding
Features: solar thermal panels, ground source heat pump, borehole
Architectural Technician: Palfrey Design Ltd.
Nigel and Annie Laing, inspired by many episodes of Grand Designs, decided to commit to the challenge of building their own self-sufficient home.
Nigel found a plot with an existing bungalow on a 10-acre site suitable for their smallholding. They were initially granted outlining planning for a 1 ½ story, 3 bedroom replacement build.
At the time, Nigel and Annie were living in an old property that had been stripped, by previous owners, of its period features and were looking for a characterful home. They realised that the best and most cost-effective way to achieve this was to build their own property which would also encompass their desire for self-sufficiency and sustainability.
They managed to secure planning for a 4 bedroom property to be built next to the existing property. This meant that they were able to live in the existing bungalow before it was later demolished.
The property was self-designed by the couple with the help of an architectural technician. Having met Carpenter Oak at the Self Build and Design Show in Exeter they decided that they wanted an oak frame married with block construction that offered longevity.Read more
Watching the oak frame go up was incredible, and within three days it was fully erected. I almost didn't want them to build anything around it because it was so beautiful...