Ten years in the making, we explore the clever design details inside the handcrafted wood and clay house, revisited in the final episode of Grand Designs series 17.

 Owners Ed and Rowena outside their herefordshire house

Image: Andrew Wall

Our editor-at-large, Kevin McCloud, is used to Grand Designs projects taking many months and even years to complete. But this handcrafted wood and clay house, owned by Ed and Rowena Waghorn, takes the biscuit as the longest running build of all those featured in Channel 4’s Grand Designs series, which has been running since 1999.

It's not just the couple's small budget that has contributed to the build's slow progress; Ed, an estate manager, wanted to do most of the work himself, constructing a timber-framed house using recycled materials, timber from the nearby woods and stone from around the eight-acre site.

Over the (more than) ten years of construction, Ed and his contractors have applied some serious attention to detail. Take a glimpse at some of the property’s most stunning features.

Wooden door hinges

 a wooden hinge on a door in the grand designs house in herefordshire

Image: Andrew Wall

Decorative woodwork

 a close up of decorative woodwork in grand designs sustainable home in herefordshire

Image: Andrew Wall

Handmade timber window frames

 a handcrafted window in the herefordshire house on grand designs

Image: Andrew Wall

A bespoke sink unit

 close up of a handmade wood kitchen sink in grand designs herefordshire home

Image: Andrew Wall

Rustic tile flooring

close up of handmade slate tile triangle design flooring in grand designs herefordshire home

 Image: Andrew Wall

A curved wooden front door

close up of handmade wooden front door at herefordshire home in grand designs

Image: Andrew Wall 

Now the big question is: is this sustainable masterpiece finished? Catch up on episode 9 series 17 on Channel 4 on demand to find out.

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