CASE STUDY: HOLMWOOD AT GLAISDALE
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.