Modern Timber Frame Home with Low Running Costs House Plans

Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It
24th January 2018

After years of living in a traditional property, Dennis and Maureen Stephens decided to embark on a contemporary self-build in their picturesque Hampshire village. The pair wanted to create a home with low running costs that would be easy to maintain.

The couple’s remarkably efficient build has resulted in the stylish, low-maintenance home they’d planned – and their DIY attitude has helped them do so for a very respectable £295,000.

Fact file
  • NamesDennis & Maureen Stephens
  • LocationHampshire
  • Type of projectSelf-build
  • Construction methodTimber frame
  • House size184m²
  • Project cost£295,000
  • Current value£850,000

For their home’s cladding, the Stephenses opted for iroko, a tropical hardwood, to clad the dramatic gable at the front of the house, which incorporates a vast double-height window that floods the dining room with natural light.

The interior follows an L-shaped floorplan, with a large kitchen opening onto the sitting and dining areas. Floor-to-ceiling bifold doors open off the lounge area onto the back garden, giving uninterrupted views of the farmland beyond.

Ground floor:

Ground floor house plan

First floor:

First floor house plans

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