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Smarter living

Peter and Katy Worthy have replaced a 1950s bungalow in Surrey with an ultra-modern, efficient and high-tech family home
The house is clad in a mix of Ochre Blend Norstone, acrylic render and Thermowood – a durable timber which will eventually weather to a dark grey/brown colour
PHOTOS MATT CHISNALL

Having worked in the home building and design industry for 14 years, Peter Worthy knew he eventually wanted to create his own property, and even set himself a target of achieving his dream before he reached the age of 50.

“My wife Katy and I were on honeymoon when we got an email notification from Rightmove about a bungalow for sale with plenty of land”, says Peter. “We were looking for a project of some sort and I immediately recognised the property as one I had driven past many times and always thought would make an ideal site for a self build.”

The 1950s bungalow was surrounded by approximately 1.5 acres of land and set on a private road with large neighbouring houses.The couple bought it in 2011 and briefly considered renovating the dwelling to sell on. But when Katy became pregnant with their first child Lucy (now 6), they changed their tactics.

“We decided to make this our family home instead. We looked at renovating and extending the bungalow, but then I started to think about creating a contemporary, energy-efficient Passivhaus that we would stay in for the next 15-20 years”, says Peter.

Eco design

Peter did some internet research to find a suitable designer and got in touch with Leigh Brooks at BWP Architects, having noted his track record for creating beautiful, modern eco houses.

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Build It magazine's new September 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Top tips to save you £10,000s on your home building project - How to get real value for money from your builder - Are SIPs sustainable? - Design ideas for a better, healthier home - Make your home water efficient - Choosing the right windows for a heritage property ... and more!