Discover this Passivhaus: A Masterclass in Timber Design

timber clad self build exterior
(Image credit: Quentin Lake)

Daniel Luhde-Thompson, a computer programmer, and Sarah MacLaren, a garden designer, opted to knock down Sarah's much-loved childhood home to design an eco-friendly home for their young family. 

After years spent planning and researching their project, they were both determined to go for broke, with a fully certified ultra-low energy Passivhaus. What's more, including natural materials such as timber throughout, brings instant character and visual warmth to this new home.

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.

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