Father and son build tiny eco home around an apple tree in their garden — that uses MVHR rather than heating

A tiny home with a large glazed window, timber cladding and shrubbery
This tiny eco home was built on a simple garden plot. (Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Imagine building a tiny house in your back garden with beautiful interiors and absolutely no need for heating. Well that's exactly what father-and-son duo Chris and Sam Russell managed to accomplish with this stunning self-build project in Cheshire. 

Architect Chris wanted an office to work from that was more tailor made than a space in the kitchen, while his son Sam, a builder, needed somewhere to live when he wasn’t working away in the United States. Together, the talented pair turned a simple garden plot into an eco-friendly tiny home. 

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Seán is an experienced writer with a specialism in homes journalism. He was formerly Chirf Sub of Elle Decoration & Practical Parenting, then Associate Editor of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine. Since 2016, he has been a freelance writer and editor specialising in interiors magazines inc. Living Etc, Homes & Gardens, 25 Beautiful Homes and Homebuilding & Renovating.

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