Influenced by mountain lodges in New Zealand, Pip and Steve Gunn have built a timber frame barn-style home with spacious interiors..
Having grown up in New Zealand, Pip Gunn was no stranger to the idea of self build. She has lived in the UK for more than 30 years, and together with her husband Steve had long dreamed of completing their own self build. So when their daughters had both left home and the time was right, they decided to pursue their long-held ambition.
They initially searched for plots in their home county of Surrey, but it soon became clear that they were too expensive and they needed to look further a eld. “Plots around here cost our entire budget, so we knew that we needed to broaden our horizons, and it took six months of searching on Plotbrowser and one or two other plot websites, before we found this site,” explains Pip.
They were fairly open-minded – their only requirement being close proximity to a motorway, as Steve’s work as a rowing coach takes him all over the UK. So when they found an entire street of self-build plots in Peterborough, they made an immediate offer on one of them. Exterior Part of The Hamptons development, the large estate is The full of developer-built houses, with an area reserved for self builds thanks to local council policy. Pip and Steve’s home is one of 12 self build houses in a street that celebrates diversity in house design.
As a designated self build site, outline planning permission was already in place, though during the design process it became clear from the planners that a contemporary scheme would be preferred over anything traditional. Pip says: “I’d seen a lovely cottage on a hillside near Queenstown in New Zealand, and it looked like it belonged on a Welsh hillside, but inside it was open and spacious.