Wanting to reflect the surroundings, natural materials were chosen both in and outside the property. The ground floor is largely open plan with kitchen, living and dining room, there is a separate utility, larder and snug room.
The floors are of slate in the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is fitted with solid wood units handcrafted by a friend. The dining area was planned around a large reclaimed dining table of Annie’s. The table sits centrally in the room, surrounded by full height, floor to ceiling glazing that reaches the gable end. Exposed beams frame the stunning view out onto the smallholding. The lounge area has engineered oak flooring and underfloor heating. The walls are a mixture of plaster and timber boarding, painted in a neutral tone.
Upstairs the flooring is of reclaimed pine and rooms are furnished with further reclaimed items. The master bedroom takes advantage of the vaulted ceilings with floor to ceiling glazing in the gable end. The view over the smallholding and countryside beyond, once again framed by the exposed oak beams.
Every room of Nigel and Annie’s home features exposed post and beams with a sandblasted finish.
Externally the property has rendered blockwork on the ground floor, the first floor is clad in Siberian larch and the roof is of slate. The windows are a mixture of fixed glazing and grey timber windows.
16 solar thermal panels, a ground source heat pump and a 60m borehole allow Nigel and Annie to be self-sufficient. Annie acted as project manager on the build, baking cakes daily to keep everyone sweet!
Images courtesy of Self Build & Design