Terry’s house has sprouted a room in the garden
INNOVATIVE builder Terry Huggett has always had strong ideas about design, as his striking contemporary home in Mexborough shows.
The house, which is surrounded by conventional terraces and semis, is an eco-friendly work of art inspired by domestic architecture in California.
Hillcrest was built with materials usually used on commercial buildings.
The insulated block work is covered with a silicone-based render and the cantilevered monopitch roof is zinc, while the large amount of glazing fills the house with natural light.
“I enjoy a challenge and trying something different,” says Terry, who learned the trades from the groundwork up from his father.
He has now turned his attention to garden buildings after joining forces with Martin Bell, director of award-winning RIBA Chartered Architects Practice.
Together, they have created the PODunlimited, using Terry’s house as the template.
“So many people admired what we achieved on the house, so we created the range of garden rooms to give them an opportunity to own their own mini Hillcrest,” says Terry.
“It is a slice of contemporary architecture in your garden with endless different uses from home office, gym, second sitting room, cinema room or games room.”
The Pods are built with timber and steel frames and are super insulated and covered with a silicone render or clad in cedar or larch with aluminium windows.
They start at £14,995 for the Eccon, £17,995 for the Middi and £19,995 for the Maxxi, and it takes just three days to erect one on site.
“The way we construct the POD has a very low impact on the environment.
“We looked at the life cycle of it, from design, construction, operation, maintenance, and demolition.
“All our materials are designed with maximum life and minimum maintenance with LED lights as standard and options for green roofs and solar panels,” says Terry.
“They comply with building regulations and the finishes are all that you would expect with sockets, switches, plasterboard walls, timber skirting etc, basically a home-from-home environment.”
An armoured cable can be run from the house to supply the Pod with electricity, though this requires an electrician and costs extra.
Terry’s self-build house in Mexborough inspired the PODunlimited, a versatile garden room with a range of possible uses.