How couple built this stunning oak-frame sustainable home on a £3k plot

A couple sat outside a red-brick, part oak frame and flint-clad house with outdoor entertaining area
(Image credit: Ben Knight)

Nestled on the edge of a Hampshire village sits Hill Top House, a red-brick, part oak frame and flint-clad sustainable family home that reflects the agricultural heritage of the site in which it sits. But, what you can’t tell from the exterior is the rather arduous planning journey homeowners Jamie and Madeline had to navigate before they could even begin building the house. 

Back in 2003, Jamie and Madeline, who lived in London at the time, bought a plot of land for £3,000 (without planning permission) on the edge of the Hampshire village that Madeline had grown up in. The idea was to build a home near Madeline's elderly parents, to look after them. 

Michelle Guy

Michelle was Homebuilding & Renovating magazine's Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018. 

She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project and bathroom renovation, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspo (and a Pinterest board or two, of course). 

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