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Revolutionary Graven Hill home wins prestigious national award

A pioneering self-build home has secured a Built It Award, one of the most coveted accolades in the self-build housing sectors.

Three homes at Graven Hill were shortlisted for five awards across four categories including Best Timber Framed Home, Best ICF* Home, Best Off-site Manufactured Home and Best Eco-Home.

James and Gemma Hooker’s Dan-Wood home successfully secured the award for Best Off-Site Manufactured Home. Their striking timber-framed home was delivered on a turn-key basis. Every component was built off site and was manufactured within 10 days of finalising the design and the whole structure was up and watertight in less than a week, providing the homeowners with everything, including decoration, with the only element left to complete being the kitchen.

There is no gas to the property, the fully electric solution includes an air source heat pump which provides 75% of the heating from a free of charge natural resource. With SIPs panels effectively and healthily insulating the property and modern method of construction ensuring the homes is exceptionally airtight, heating bills are kept to a minimum. Solar gain has also been taken into account with the configuration and design of the home.

The Dan-Wood home was comprehensively customised by the owners, who relocated to Graven Hill from a one-bed flat in London. Doors, windows and walls were moved and dark anthracite grey render and larch cladding added, along with a balcony to maximise the exceptional views of the Graven Hill woodlands.

Gemma Davis, customer experience director at Graven Hill Village Development Company, said: “Working closely with a dedicated Dan-Wood designer, Gemma and James created an exceptional home with extraordinary design choices. The customisation inspiration came from online research and a love of Grand Designs, pairing natural materials with a unique, almost black finish which, coupled with the balcony, provides a contemporary and striking result.

“Ultimately, they have achieved a self-build dream with the speed and ease of an off-site manufacturing solution and we are delighted their fantastic home has secured this award, it is well-deserved.”

The Build It Awards have run for 11 years and reward innovative products, essential services, pioneering suppliers and awe-inspiring projects following rigorous impartial judging.

Graven Hill remains a hugely popular development. Unique and diverse, it offers a wide range of housing options from self-build and custom build, which can be tailored to your needs, to apartments and affordable homes. It is set in open, green spaces including woodland, allotments and a network of cycle and footpaths. A new primary school is currently under construction.


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The award winners and representatives from Graven Hill being presented with the award

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