Grand Designs’ Ed and Rowena Waghorn share their eco self build story at The Big Straw Bale Gathering

Ten years in the making, Grand Designers Ed and Rowena Waghorn are set to reveal the green ethos behind their eco friendly house design at this year's Big Straw Bale Gathering in Swansea.

By Gemma Parkes | 18 May 2018

Famous for the longest-running project ever followed by Grand Designs, Ed and Rowena explain the slow but sure ethos behind building their eco home.

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Every honed slice of timber and piece of carefully chosen stone reflects and represents the couple’s life together in Herefordshire, where they live off the land as much as possible. ‘We wanted to build our eco home and for it to reflect our philosophy of slow, sustainable, local, organic and whole,’ says Ed.

One of the most striking features of their house is the double-height medieval-style galleried central hall, with a towering cathedral window that has a frame fashioned out of a single Douglas fir tree.