Thursday, 9 February 2012

holiday home heaven

I am stuck at home today with a throat and eye infection medley.  Although in theory a day of rest and solitude sounds good, I find it so hard not to do stuff (by which I mean house/border oak stuff) so whilst looking through some old files (which is surely the same as 'putting your feet up'?) I came across this lovely little home.
We built it to the customers own design, based on the Pearmain construction system, way back in 2004 (I think). The owners replaced a run down brick barn building, but sticking to the same footprint and profile, and re jigging the interior to provide a three bedroom holiday cottage.
You wouldn't know it was a new build, or in fact that it was a Border Oak/Pearmain cottage, but that I guess is the beauty of self building - everything is different.

I think this limestone fire surround and brick detail is great - it reminds me of Belgian styling which I love.

The external was governed by the building they replaced - they reused the pantiles on the roof

 Lovely brick detailing

The front elevation also has some reclaimed stone incorporated - the window openings had to follow the previous building so are small and asymmetrical.

An open plan hallway and seating area

plus a sitting room with French doors and side glazing - making the room light and open to the garden

Why not come and meet us at the NEC National Homebuilding and Renovating Show to see how diverse our portfolio is? We are taking a two bedroom barn frame and the new Artisan Pod so there will be lots to see. If only I had our new interior and home products ready to show you..................(tease tease tease!)


  1. Hi Merry,

    We'll definitely be coming to check out the Border Oak area at the NEC (we were kindly sent some complimentary tickets from your office).
    Hope you feel better soon.

    Kind regards,


  2. Oh Merry that's a gorgeous home! The brick is divine I so wish I could go along to the show it would be lovely to see the new interiors! I do hope you're feeling better soon. Warmest wishes - Glenda