Contemporary home clad in timber and render

First-time self-builders Charles and Anja Martens wanted to design and realise a unique home exactly suited to the next stage of their lives – and were keen for the process to be as straightforward as possible. The trick would be finding the right firm to help them achieve their goals.

The couple did their research carefully, and after meeting Markus Baukmeier, owner of Meisterstueck-Haus, and the UK team, they made their decision.

“They are small enough to care, but large enough to be a secure and reliable partner,” says Charles. “The certainty of the fixed cost for the entire package, the German reputation for precision and high quality, and the ease of dealing with a single company for the whole process of building the shell house persuaded us that offsite manufacturing was the way forward.”

For Charles and Anja, there were many stand-out moments on the journey to their dream home.

“Visiting the factory, finalising every detail of the house and realising that the final price would be slightly lower than the quotation were just the start,” says Charles.

“Then there was watching the huge trucks arrive; holding our breath as the 60-tonne crane made its way down our narrow country track; and finally seeing the construction of a watertight, finished, lockable shell house, exactly on schedule.

“Meisterstueck-Haus are easy to deal with, and delivered every time on their promises and our high expectations. They inspired our trust, and did not let us down.

“Having Meisterstueck-Haus as partners took away multiple areas of uncertainty, while leaving us in overall control of what we were getting.

“The team worked amazingly hard to build us a house that we – and they – would be really proud of.”

The striking project was awarded runner-up in a nationwide German competition for the best self-build country house.

Find out more about Meisterstueck-Haus projects.

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