Woodthorpe Stables is an energy-efficient conversion of a Victorian property in Godalming, Surrey, built using natural materials and led by sustainable principles. The design and self-build was realised by homeowner and Architect, Ed Martin of Delve Architects for his young family.

11 Feb 2022
Built into a rugged hillside overlooking the extensive natural coastline in South Wales, a new-build family home with a sustainable vision is now complete. Designed by award-winning architect firm, Loyn + Co, the home, which blends naturally into the verdant landscape and sits beneath towering pine trees, makes extensive use…

Across the entire construction industry, sustainability is a major consideration when it comes to new projects. Self-builders, contractors and developers need to be more aware than ever of the materials used on a project to help make sure it’s sustainable – particularly when it comes to recyclability and long-lasting solutions.

The environment is a growing concern for many and was voted the third most pressing issue, after Brexit and public health, facing the UK. Younger generations voted it in second, demonstrating a much greater worry among today’s youth. If we all do the best we can, those little savings will…

23 Sep 2019
If you’re looking for an eco-build holiday let, as a prospective builder or visitor, this couldn’t really tick many more boxes. High-tech passive house, Bumble Barn, is named with the bee shaped body of the building in mind.

A contemporary barn conversion in the rural North Norfolk countryside is benefitting from renewable heating thanks to Finn Geotherm.

When Terry and Olwen Brown-Waite were chosen by Channel 4’s Grand Designs in a nationwide search to find people to create their own homes at the UK’s largest mass self-build site, they had a clear vision for a high-tech house they could happily live in for the rest of their…

When Paul Withey took on his fourth barn conversion project in the rural area of Attleborough, he thought he’d be restricted to an oil boiler for his four-bedroom barn’s heating and hot water. However, after investing his time into researching renewable heating solutions, he found the solution to be a…

A traditional Scottish village in Stirlingshire may not seem like the obvious location for a contemporary Passivhaus project. For chartered Architect, Mhairi Grant and her Architectural Designer partner, Martin McCrae, however, the development of their new home, ‘Ostro’, provided the perfect opportunity to realise their ambitions for moving out of…

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Many of us look back and say “in hindsight, I would have done things differently”. However, few get the chance to rectify their mistakes. Luckily for second-time self-builder Henry Martin, an available plot of land allowed him to amend elements in the design of his…

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