Terry’s house has sprouted a room in the gar­den

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

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.

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