Hexagon shaped house built in East Cambs village and that featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs goes on the market for £665,000
PUBLISHED: 16:59 03 April 2017
A four bedroom house built within six acres of grounds – featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs – is on the market for £665.000.
The spectacular hexagon-shaped house at Second Drove, Little Downham, featured in the series 10 years ago.
Carpenter Kelly Neville built the oak-framed, straw bale house for his Japanese wife and son following his dream of being able to live self sufficiently.
He said: “The house is made entirely of natural materials with cedar shingles and clay plaster on the walls. It also uses very little energy, and the energy used is naturally-sourced. A heat pump provides under-floor heating from the earth and a furnace burns willow on site.”
Mr Neville designed and built the house single-handedly, beginning work in 2005 and finishing more than two years later. Channel 4 visited 20 times throughout the build period to check on progress.
The family later sold the house and moved to Canada but the house is now back on the market through Ely estate agent Cheffins.
The house is built off the ground, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living rooms, one of which features an 800-year-old tree in the centre.
A reed bed processes waste into clean water for the garden, a rain water harvesting system provides water for the toilet and there are plans for a small wind turbine to be put in place.
Mr Neville said his main influences were the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic roundhouses and, through his wife, a Japanese influence.
Mr Neville was originally from Alberta, Canada, lived in Suffolk for 12 years before moving to Little Downham to build the house.
Within the six acres are 1,200 mixed hedgerows and 2,000 mixed varieties of willow trees with recent additions of elm, oak and ash trees.
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