£67k Straw Bale Self Build

Straw bale self build
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

When Justin and Linda Tyers decided to build a straw bale home in Somerset, they purchased their plot for just £50k under Exmoor National Park’s affordable housing policy.

“The policy allows plots to be sold below market value to people with a local connection, but the resulting house has to remain affordable if ever sold,” explains Justin. The policy imposes a size restriction of 90m2 on single dwellings, too.

Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor in Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating website and magazine. She became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 15 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes and sustainability, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside.