Bespoke Timber Frame Home

Self Build Runs in the Family

When Emma’s parents were offered a parcel of land at a low price by a housing developer in 1978, they seized the opportunity. The plot size was suitable for one house only, so ideal for a self-build. Emma’s mother is Norwegian and so on discovering Scandia-Hus and their Scandinavian style, the designs instantly appealed. The […]

Contemporary Self Build

The Old Court

Almost equidistant between Reading to the Southeast and Oxford to the Northwest, Wallingford in Oxfordshire is best known as the former home of best-selling novelist Agatha Christie. The author shared Winterbrook House with her archaeologist husband from 1934 until she died in 1976, accomplishing much of her writing whilst living there. The Winterbrook estate is […]

White Render Finish

Light, Bright and Beautiful

Seeking a bespoke home that suited their lifestyle, Helen and Neil embarked upon their self-build journey in 2019 when they purchased a property that had belonged to family. Having previously lived in and liked the area, Brookmans Park, a village in Hertfordshire situated just outside of the M25 with convenient railway services into London, when […]

Luxury Home with Swimming Pool

First Build Fate

Devoted Grand Design viewers Lotta and James had always been interested in architecture and house design, but never imagined that they would have the opportunity to fulfil their self build ambitions. The couple and their children were happily settled in the Surrey village they had been inhabiting for the last ten years; the location was […]

Contemporary Timber Frame Self Build

Contemporary Vision

Tina and Neil knew they wanted to build a contemporary home within a commutable distance to the capital but had yet to choose where. Their search area stretched three southern counties; Kent, Sussex and Surrey. The couple were seeking a rural plot but within a community to avoid feeling isolated. Aside from these few requirements, […]

Contemporary Home Design

From Horses to Houses

Penny and Tony had lived in their family home for more than forty years when they decided to embark on their first self build project. Whilst the property had been a lovely family home, the pair sought a lower maintenance building with improved thermal efficiency. Tony had aspired to construct their own contemporary home for […]

Contemporary Self Build Design

Contemporary Build on the Coast

The transformation from tired 1930s house to contemporary self-build is a pretty spectacular one. The stunning new property sits proudly at the top of a hill on the edge of a picturesque Sussex village, backed by the South Downs and faced by the South Coast. Helen and Richard discovered the dwelling after a three-year search […]

Contemporary Self Build

Contemporary Architecture in a Cranleigh Back Garden

On a sunny spot just outside the large village of Cranleigh, a stunning contemporary Scandia-Hus stands amidst the surrounding fields and trees. The house is hidden from the road by the owners’ current mid-century, architecturally designed home, and is approached from a long gravelled drive. As the building slowly appears into view, the white render […]

Summverview Contemporary Design

Realising Their Dream

Since their thirties, Mr and Mrs Smith have dreamed about building their own home and it wasn’t until they became mortgage free a couple of years ago that they were in a position where they could look at turning their dream into a reality. The journey began in earnest when they sold their property just […]

Contemporary Exterior

Contemporary Exterior, Exquisite Interior

This stunning, contemporary feel home, set in a beautiful location, is completely bespoke yet sits comfortably in its locality. The plot was originally part of the building next door, Hillrise, which for many years was the local maternity hospital, and latterly became a care home. As part of Hillrise’s changes, they decided to sell off […]