Matt’s House, Tregynon


Design a spacious home with character that will meet Local Needs criteria and be affordable to build.

A compact yet spacious home to meet affordable housing criteria. The house is 120sq/m and is stepped into the hillside. It was designed as a self-build project for a local carpenter.

The design makes use of the slope, with a change in level between the dining area and living room and a central fireplace between the two spaces.

The Douglas fir cladding has been stained a dark colour to match the adjacent black corrugated Dutch farm buildings, typical to the area.

The layout makes clever use of the available sq/m for Local Needs criteria, primarily by reducing the circulation space, and maximising living space.

  • Location: Tregynon
  • Client: Private
  • Construction Cost: Approx £100,000
  • Completed: 2008
  • Timber frame with high levels of insulation and air tightness
  • Using the natural topography
  • Blends in with the surroundings
  • Meets affordable housing criteria