The Woodland House – Grand Designs
FORTHCOMING NATIONAL TV
BBC’s Countryfile Sunday 26th April 2009
Channel 4’s Grand Designs Wednesday 29th April 2009
Also appearing at Channel 4’s Grand Designs Live, Excell Centre, London 1st May 2009
In 2003 Ben Law captivated the nation by building his woodland house on Channel 4’s Grand Designs – it has been repeated many times since and been voted the best ever Grand Design programme. Presenter Kevin McCloud said Ben was a born designer and that his was the most watched (over 5 million viewers) programme of the original series. Kevin loved the project so much that he has written the foreword to this book!
Full of stunning colour photographs, this is a visual guide to how Ben built his outstandingly beautiful home in the woods. It is also a practical manual and the story of a man realising a lifetime’s dream to build one of the most sustainable and beautiful homes in Britain.
The Woodland House gives details of the evolving design process, the identifying of materials, costings, project management and the actual building. It proves that low cost, low impact and high aesthetics can go hand in hand and that it is possible to build green and to build affordably. The first hardback edition has sold over 10,000 copies and this new, edition has a seven year update of his home, with additional photographs of its extension.
What the Press have said about The Woodland House
“The quaint wooden house in Prickly Nut Wood is no fairytale concoction – it is an icon of the movement to combine ecology and ethics in design.” The Guardian
“A fascinating chronicle of a dream. It’s to the point, with clear photography links and information.” Good Woodworking
“Ben Law’s home has become an iconic and inspirational example of how to live lightly but with style.” www.0footprint.org
“This book is well organised, very readable, with beautiful pictures and useful appendices including organisations, resources
and technical drawings.” Agrofoestry Research
“An inspiring story. A valuable tale of an extraordinary home.” Smallwoods
“Full of stunning colour photographs, this is a visual guide to how Ben built his outstandingly beautiful home.” Permaculture Works
“A great read for those interested in the idea of self build projects.” Design4Design.com
“One of Grand Designs most popular builders.” Grand Designs Magazine
“Superb photos of the building process and finished house accompany the text.” Building For A Future
“One of the more inspiring tales on Grand Designs, the series that charts the highs and lows of self-buildrers.” The Times
Ben Law is an innovative woodsman of 20 years and a woodlands expert held in the highest regard and author of two other
titles, The Woodland Way – A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management and The Woodland Year.
Permanent Publications is one of the UK’s leading publishers of information concerning all aspects of sustainability. Queens Award
winners in 2008, they have been publishing for 16 years and have an essential backlist of titles encouraging self-reliance.
ISBN: 978 1 85623 044 5 PAGES: 104pp SIZE: 250 x 220mm BINDING: paperback
ILLUSTRATIONS: 107 colour photographs, 10 line drawings and 3 tables. PRICE: £14.95
Ben’s books and the complete backlist are available from:
Permanent Publications, The Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1HR, UK
Tel: 01730 823 311. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.permaculture.co.uk
Distributed by Central Books (www.centralbooks.com) Tel: 0845 458 9911