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Louise and Mark Couldry built their home in Glais­dale, near Whitby, us­ing a steel frame clad with in­su­lated, ren­dered board.

The land, that had out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion, be­longed to Louise’s fa­ther and friends, who are ar­chi­tects, de­signed the prop­erty.

The site was on a steep and chal­leng­ing slope, but gave them the chance to cre­ate some­thing mod­ern with a dif­fer­ent lay­out.

The bed­rooms are on the lower ground floor, the kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas on the ground floor and there is an­other room in the roof space.

“The foun­da­tions were a chal­lenge be­cause we had to build into the hill­side and we needed to sup­port it with pil­ing, but once they were in the struc­ture went up very quickly,” says Louise.

“The steel frame was up in four days. We got a lo­cal com­pany to do the roof and they did that in one week­end.”

The whole build took just eight months. “We weren’t weather de­pen­dent, which helped enor­mously and al­though I wouldn’t say the con­struc­tion was cheaper than brick and block, it was cer­tainly quicker,” says Louise.

It was also sur­pris­ingly stress free. “It all went smoothly and we didn’t go much over bud­get. The only thing that hap­pened was the price of steel went up be­tween or­der­ing and de­liv­ery and that added about 15 per cent,” says Louise, who adds: “It’s ev­ery­thing we wanted and we planned it to suit us. It’s got lots of stor­age, which you don’t find in other houses and it is very en­ergy ef­fi­cient.”

The cou­ple, who now run a B&B from the five-bed­room prop­erty, are sell­ing to find an­other home where they can ex­pand their busi­ness.

Holm­wood, Glais­dale is now for sale for £460,000 with Carter Jonas, York, 01904 558200.

UP­SIDE DOWN: The liv­ing area is above the bed­rooms.

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