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Almost 10 years ago, Rudolf and Maria Janssen decided to retire to an apartment in Munich. However, when Rudolf’s health took a turn for the worse, the pair decided that a bespoke dwelling would be much better suited to their living situation. “It was clear that we wanted to build our own home, and a prefabricated house made of wood was the only design in question,” says Maria.




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Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.




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The bathroom includes a walk-in shower, making it completely accessible for Rudolf. Energy efficiency was another important priority for the Janssens. “We had enormous costs in our old house and definitely wanted to lower them,” says Rudolf. A thermally-efficient structure with plenty of insulation keeps the heat in, while a heat pump and solar panels further bolster the house’s green credentials.




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Ian and Julie Perrin were looking for the perfect place to retire to when they discovered the historic market town of Montgomery in Powys, Wales. “My grandparents came from this part of the world,” says Ian. “We sat in the square eating ice-cream and said, I think we could be happy living here.” The only thing they were missing was their dream house.




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The couple worked closely with the company’s design team on the floor plan of the property. Inside, the stunning new build is steeped in character and quirky architectural details. The main living room benefits from a lofty cathedral ceiling, with exposed oak beams and rustic trusses.




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The kitchen, like the rest of the rooms in the house, features exposed oak detailing, while sleek, streamlined kitchen units add a modern twist. Julie and Ian are delighted with their forever home. “We’re both very happy living here,” Ian says. “We’ve got the house we wanted in the town we wanted to live in.”




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One of the biggest design changes from the couple’s first tiny house was the decision to add stairs rather than a ladder. Not only does this make the house more accessible, but it also provides valuable space for built-in storage. Adrienne and Dave’s bedroom is situated in the loft, which includes a small landing. “Dave is able to bring my room service up to me in the morning,” says Adrienne.




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The friends’ bedrooms are situated across the upper floors of the house. Large windows allow each resident to make the most of the sublime views across the surrounding paddy fields. Each of the private zones also features its own seating area for kicking back and relaxing.




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