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You could live in Suffolk’s most environmentally-friendly home

PUBLISHED: 12:54 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 05 October 2017

Fenn Wright

Fenn Wright


The Boxford-based property is listed for £525,000 and featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

We all try our best to be green but all too often day-to-day life gets in the way or we simply don’t have the infrastructure to be as eco-conscious as we’d like.

But now you have the chance to live in a home that does much of the work for you.

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While ‘The Arc’ won’t walk the blue bin to the curb for you or automatically switch off the lights, environmentally-friendly design elements have been deliberately included in the structure to reduce your impact on mother earth.

Such features include:

• A roof covered with 93% recycled aluminium

• Extensive use of high-density materials to enhance heat retention

• Passive solar heating – where the structure collects, stores and distributes the sun’s heat – as the primary heating source

• Solar water heating

• Filtered roof water and ground water used in toilets, washing machine and garden tap

The property, built by Jonathan Belsey, featured on Grand Designs back in 2010.

Belsey’s eye-catching design blends contemporary aesthetics with the practicality of a normal family home.

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Fenn Wright, the estate agent holding the listing, describe the interior as ‘light filled with curved walls’. The exterior garden areas contain ornamental grasses, plants, shrubs and a vegetable patch to create a sense of calm while also providing views across Boxford.

The village - built around the River Box - has a range of amenities including a primary school, pubs, a post office and a parish church. There are plenty of easily accessible transport options as Sudbury and Ipswich are just a bus ride away.

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It’s not the first eco home in Suffolk to feature on Channel 4’s show, however, as tax inspector Rob Roy’s English barn-inspired home featured on the programme way back in 1999.

Belsey said it will be a sad day when he moves out of the house but ‘sometime in the future we may have another project here in the UK’. We can’t wait to see what innovations he comes up with next.


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