Potton supplied and installed the highly insulated external walling system, which has been rendered and painted a stone colour to contrast with the red brick plinth and handmade clay roof tiles. Carole and Andy are particularly pleased with the uneven, mottled colours of these tiles, which help to create an instantly aged appearance.
Energy efficiency was a high priority for the couple, who were keen to keep their fuel bills to a minimum. Underfloor heating has been installed throughout the two-storey house and is connected to an air source heat pump.
The same bricks which were used externally for the plinth and chimney have also been chosen to construct an impressive open fireplace in the living room, which was inspired by a design the couple saw in Potton's Gransden show house.
Andy and Carole moved into rented accommodation which placed a strict time limit on completing their new home and five months after work started on site the couple moved into their new home.
"We probably should have waited another two or three weeks, but we didn't want to renew the lease on our rental property, so we lived in the new house with workmen finishing off around us," says Andy.
Life in a brand-new energy-efficient house is a totally different experience for Andy and Carole to their property next door.
"Everything in the new house was designed for ease of maintenance and we've already seen a big drop in our fuel bills," Carole remarks. "We may only have moved fifty metres along the road, but this house feels a world away from our previous home, and we still get to enjoy the same country views!"