Discover tips from this low-energy self build, designed without heating

curved corten red roof around self build house
(Image credit: David Barbour)

When David and Rosie Reid were looking to build a low-energy home that would make the most of spectacular views in Fife, they were realistic about the scale of the task ahead. “We’d never done this before, so it was excitement and dread at the same time,” says David.

Their dream received a turbo-powered boost when the couple managed to find and purchase a plot in April 2017. This rare find was a rural greenfield site that not only enjoyed spectacular views of the surrounding countryside but already had planning consent for a self build home.

Homes Journalist

Caroline Ednie is an experienced homes journalist and editor based in Glasgow. Caroline has written for The Guardian, Scottish Homes & Interiors, Dwell, House Beautiful, Real Homes and other self build titles, to name but a few, and has interviewed hundreds of architects, self builders and home renovators during her career. She is also a former web editor of Architecture and Design Scotland.