John and Christina Horan's bespoke home was designed to resemble a modest bungalow at the front to match the other properties, with a contemporary, highly glazed rear facade.
"It had always been our dream to design and build our own home and so when the opportunity came to buy a piece of land, with what we later found to be an asbestos built bungalow which we later demolished, we jumped at the chance."
Christina had a very clear idea of what she wanted from the house and the couple knew that this was a one-off opportunity to build something that would see them through the next 20 odd years.
We wanted to build a home for retirement that would virtually pay for itself in terms of running costs, and after the first year of living here, the photovoltaics produced £630 of electricity while our usage was just £380.
It’s a warm, comfortable, energy efficient house and the whole build took just six months to complete, which was one of the reasons we chose timber frame. I would happily build again, but I think John has now decided that we’ll be staying here for quite a while because he absolutely loves this house.
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