How this home was built without a heating system — and why it won our Home of the Year 2023

A modern home with a timber clad porch
(Image credit: Juliet Murphy)

Awarded the coveted 'Home of the Year' title in The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2023, Duncan and Anaya Bush's self-build home near Milton Keynes is a masterclass in house design. 

Fitted with a host of green technologies, this sleek timber-clad building is one of the most eco-friendly houses you're likely to come across. The couple took a hands-on approach at every stage of the build, all of which took place in the midst of the pandemic.

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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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