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A Yorkshire property built with German know-how

February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

rod1 This striking  property was born after its owner visited Germany on holiday and conceived a plan to design and import his own post and beam house.

The light-filled  home in the village of Upper Cumberworth, near Huddersfield, is on the market for offers over £675,000.
Owner Rod Kelly worked with manufacturers Meisterstuck to create the prefabricated home after buying a building plot and finding planners at Kirklees Council receptive to something new.
A team of construction workers from Germany came over with three lorries carrying the components of the  house that came complete with windows and internal walls with sockets, flooring and doors. It took just one week to erect the basic shell topped with a concrete-tiled roof .
The property appears similar to the HufHaus, made famous in Britain by Channel 4’s Grand Designs, but unlike the steel framed Huf, it uses superstrength layers of laminated timber. It is also highly insulated and the internal walls and ceilings provide highly-effective sound proofing. It is built on a grid system with posts two to three metres apart round the building, which means you can easily alter the layout of the internal walls to suit your needs.
It cost 50% more than a traditional British block and brick build but the factory-built elements allow more attention to detail and construction was quicker and more efficient.
Rod project managed the fit out, which includes an In-Toto kitchen, luxury bathrooms and a master bedroom suite, with its own mini bar, dressing room, en-suite and balcony.
He also added  a host of energy generating features, including a ground source heat pump and solar thermal panels.  A garden room and garage were built to match the house.
Rod and his wife are selling to downsize but are struggling to find another home with the same light, space and feel good factor.
“These houses look good and they enhance your quality of life,” he says.
Upper Cumberworth Lodge has  a  hallway, sitting room,  dining area, bedroom/office, shower room, playroom, games room, a master bedroom suite, two further bedrooms and a house bathroom. It is for sale with Simon Blyth, tel: 01484 689689, www.simonblyth.co.uk

2 thoughts on “A Yorkshire property built with German know-how

  1. Sheena Hastings

    Beautiful though it is, I always think the best place for a house like this is at the top of a hill. What do Rod and his wife say about privacy, I wonder ?! That’s not a particularly high wall, from this angle…


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