Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Magazine Cover
  • fb icon
  • fb icon
  • fb icon
  • fb icon

Box shaped new build

Little house on the prairie

Sitting in the middle of a 16-acre farm in Wisconsin in the US, this zinc-clad new-build property by Wendell Burnette Architects (+1 602 395 1091; wendellburnettearchitects.com) is designed to blend into the collection of farm buildings and silos around it.

The simple box shape and galvanised cladding are visible for miles around, while large-format glazing makes the most of uninterrupted views. The owner is an amateur astrologer, so a ladder from the top floor leads to a rooftop observatory for star gazing.

Words, Emily Seymour: Photography: Bill Timmerman

Kevin McCloud on how our homes give us the chance to reflect and have new experiences

Our editor-at-large ponders how our homes can give us a chance to reflect and have new experiences.
how-our-homes-give-us-the-chance-to-reflect-and-have-new-experiences
a-guide-to-prefabricated-kit-homes
Self Build Homes

Self build house kits: a buyer's guide

From how much a self build kit home costs to choosing prefabricated kit home manufacturers, read our guide to self building a modular home.
cleverly-concealed-self-build-home-in-dartmoor-national-park
Self Build Homes

Cleverly concealed self build home in Dartmoor National Park

Architect duo Eilir Sheryn and Frederieke van Ellen built a cleverly concealed home in Dartmoor National Park.
affordable-self-build-on-a-tight-plot-in-oxford
Self Build Homes

Affordable self build on a tight plot in Oxford

On a tight plot in Oxford, Kate and Angus' timberframed house is packed with top-notch eco features.
revolutionary-flood-resistant-timber-self-build-in-oxfordshire
Self Build Homes

Revolutionary flood-resistant timber self build in Oxfordshire

Joanna and Martin O'Callaghan have built a revolutionary flood-resilient timber home on a tricky site in Oxfordshire.
brick-built-zero-carbon-new-build-in-blackheath-london
Self Build Homes

Brick-built, zero-carbon new-build in Blackheath, London

Caroline and Philip Cooper’s dream of building a sustainable property became a reality when they realised that their ideal plot was on their doorstep in...
mondrian-inspired-new-build-in-somerset
Self Build Homes

Mondrian-inspired new build in Somerset

Mondrian-inspired design meets open-plan living in this well-considered new-build.