Kevin gives us a tour of Mike and Sarah’s house in Derbyshire

‘No one hides oak beams in a Tudor house, so why would you hide the steel in a modern house’.


In 2017, the couple bought and moved to an 18.5-acre site on the Derbyshire hillside; they planned to extend the agricultural buildings already on the site to provide additional space for their extended family.

After 2 years in design and planning, the “barn style” home was borne. The owner chose Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for the build over a steel frame structure because of the speed of construction and superior thermal properties.

Check out this 21st century version of a historic Derbyshire longhouse.