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Grand Design for sale

If you caught the recently aired episode of Grand Designs that showed a hexagonal, oak-framed eco house being built in the Cambridgeshire fens, you might be interested to know it is up for sale.

Eco house from Grand DesignsFor anyone not in the UK, Grand Designs is a TV programme that follows ambitious, elegaic, one-of-a-kind house building projects – from the burning eyed optimists clutching architects drawings at the beginning of a build to the broken husks they become at the end. They get worn down by endless problems like the custom-made windows from Germany being millimetres too large for the spaces, or (as always seems to happen) the wife gets pregnant halfway through the build and suddenly any delay to the schedule means she will have to give birth in the caravan they are living in while building their dream home.

Kelly Neville built most of this house literally by himself, coming day after day to a field with some oak beams and hand shaping them and fitting them together in order to make a home for his family. It was fascinating to watch, and the house came out gloriously. There are loads of photos on the estate agent’s website here, and some pics and a description of the build process here. £500,000 doesn’t seem too horribly expensive when you consider it comes with nearly 6 acres of land.

NB If you’re interested in reading more about art, design and culture in East Anglia, please do follow the blog to its new home at http://flatlanders.co.uk/ – you’ll find more posts on everything interesting happening in the area.

Eco sneak peeks

If you’ve ever considered building your own eco-friendly Grand Design you should be in Norfolk next weekend. The Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is holding four days of Open Houses in a great range of properties around the county.

They run the gamut from eco housing developments to a traditionally built cob house, via converted farm buildings, strawbale structures and an ordinary-looking suburban house with discreet eco add-ons. There is even a beautiful old watermill that has converted its wheel to a micro turbine to generate electricity. Architects, designers and householders will be on hand to talk through what they’ve learned, which could be a really useful resource if you’re contemplating going down this route.

See their flyer here for the range of possibilities and book tours by telephone ASAP as they apparently get booked out very quickly.

 

Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th September – not all properties open on all days  

Book via the Energy Saving Trust on 01733 566910

CPRE Norfolk

http://www.shape-east.org.uk/h_downloads/51.cpre/open_days_brochure.pdf

 NB If you’re interested in reading more about art, design and culture in East Anglia, please do follow the blog to its new home at http://flatlanders.co.uk/ – you’ll find more posts on everything interesting happening in the area.