Cotswold architecture firm coombes:everitt has secured planning permission for a 4,500 ft2

contemporary home in

Cowley, Gloucestershire. The new home will replace a 1960s bungalow and has been inspired by the weeping willow within its grounds. Aptly-named Willow House, it will have an 80 ft curved wall which wraps the house around the tree and its surroundings. The house will blend contemporary design with

traditional materials and will benefit from open-plan living spaces, large expanses of glass to take in the views and will be faced in locally-sourced Cotswold stone. John Everitt, coombes:everitt director commented: “A lot of people often want to remove trees in order to improve the position of their new home or view, but this house takes its inspiration from the willow tree which will become a centrepiece for the five-bedroom dwelling.” The house has also been designed to have extremely good eco credentials. Everitt explained: “Not only is the house considerate of its environment but it is very energy efficient and it will be one of the most sustainable houses within the area. The house will have a green roof, solar heated hot water and mechanical heat recovery. It will also be super insulated and be constructed using insulated concrete.”


The 2017 Build It Awards were held in September, celebrating the best projects and products in the self- and custom-build and renovation market. The annual awards ceremony brings together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures to recognise innovation and development within the sector. The 2017 edition was held at London Bankside on 22 September and was hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke. A total of 26 prizes were awarded on the night to a variety of projects and products. Some of the biggest winners on the night included: • Best Self Build or Renovation Project – Richard and Zoe Berry’s Edinburgh church conversion • Best Self Build Architect or Designer – Tomas Millar of Millar + Howard Workshop for Dursley Treehouse • Best Renovation/Extension Architect or Designer – LA Hally Architect for House 288 • Best Self Build for under £250k – Potton for the Sawyers’ bespoke build • Best Collective or Group Self Build Project – Older Women’s CoHousing (OWCH) for New Ground Cohousing • Best Custom Build Project or Model – Graven Hill Village Development Company • Outstanding Contribution to Self Build 2017 – The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) A full list of winners can be found at


A survey conducted by Homebuilding & Renovating has revealed that rural areas are home to over twice the proportion of self- build projects than more urban areas.

While rural housing accounts for only 21 per cent of the overall number of households in England, 43 per cent of self-build

projects are built within rural local authorities. Conversely, households within urban local authorities make up 39 per cent of the total number of households, while only 16

per cent of self-builders build in these same areas. The results from the survey of 500 self-builders – which were compiled to form The Self & Custom Build Market Report – also

revealed that the south west of England and Scotland are the two most likely places a self-builder will choose to start a project. London was revealed to be the least likely location. Jason Orme, editorial director of Future Media’s Homes Division and contributor to The Self & Custom Build Market Report, commented on the findings: “Rural locations are providing a natural, tranquil environment and more space than urban areas, which is what most young professional, growing families or retirees pursue. With the continuous development of commuting options, creating a dream home in the countryside is a more achievable goal, especially now with products, services and how- to guides readily available.”

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