Jo and Dave Reeves chose to build their energy-efficient self build on a rural sloping site with wonderful views. The site and views dictated many design and construction decisions.
The lower ground floor is partially recessed into the hillside and is constructed from insulating concrete formwork (ICF). Above is an insulated green oak frame from Welsh Oak Frame.
The house has an ‘upside down’ floorplan, with living spaces above, three bedrooms on the lower ground floor and the master en suite bedroom taking up the upper level. This ensures the best views are enjoyed from the principal rooms.
- Project: Oak frame self build
- Location: Surrey/Hampshire border
- Land cost: £676,000
- Build cost: £464,000
- Building work commenced: Feb 2014
- Current value of property: £1.67m
Sustainability and Budget
Eco features include rainwater harvesting, solar thermal panels, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system. The house was insulated with Ecotherm and further wrapped with Superfoil insulation. The couple also recycled bricks from the original cottage for the project, some of which date back to the late 1600s.
“To stay on budget many materials were either reclaimed, ex-display, or surplus to requirement on other building projects,” says Jo. “We are very proud that we demolished a house and built a new one without using a single skip.”