Self Building our Dream Home - Caxton

Self Building our Dream Home – Caxton

Sat 16 Sep 2023, – Sun 1 Oct 2023, Various

Meet your host, Chris and Ana

Having previously lived in a Grade 2 listed barn conversion, Ana and Chris jumped at the opportunity to build their dream house in a great location near Cambridge. Occupying 1 of 8 self-build plots, their Passivhaus-inspired super energy efficient home was completed in 2022 – come and see the results!

Chris says: “We wanted to build our forever home, that had low running and maintenance costs, and a minimal impact on the environment.

PDF case study with more details in links.

Key Features of this home

  • Self-Build: timber-framed detached house with fibre cement cladding
  • Designed for maximum solar gain
  • Spray insulation to maximise air tightness
  • Air source heat pump
  • Underfloor heating on ground floor
  • MVHR
  • Solar PV & EV charging point
  • 5,000 litre rainwater harvesting system
  • Future-proofed to anticipate climate change and reduced mobility

Tour details

1 hour in-person tours, running:

  • Sat 16th Sept 11:00, 13:30, 15:00
  • Sun 1st Oct 11:00, 13:30, 15:00

This is an in-person tour. Location details will be sent in a confirmation email upon booking. Tour spaces are very limited. Babes in arms and young people (14+) are welcome.

Book an in-person tour on Sat 16 Sept

Book an in-person tour on Sun 1 Oct


Our hosts top tips 

  • Decide what you want
  • Decide your budget
  • Make sure you have a wide choice of suppliers


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Thanks to our 2023 Open Eco Homes funders and supporters


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