'Horror of Ham Hill' home created from a million pieces of stone
ONCE dubbed the "horror of Ham Hill", a house made entirely out of dry stone wall techniques could become a Cheltenham landmark.
And it is believed to be the first in the country.
At the age of 23, builder Jason Peart project managed the scheme to create a new three-bedroom house in Charlton Kings. But what sets it apart is that the home is made out of more than one million pieces of Cotswold stone – all of which were hand cut in the famous dry stone wall tradition.
Jason, who works for Upton Builders of Gloucester, worked on the site every day for the last year-and-a-half with two other labourers.
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He said: "When the plans went to the council people were calling it the horror of Ham Hill. The residents and planners, nobody wanted it to go ahead. Now it is transformed into a dream house which sets back beautifully in the countryside."
Dry stone is a building method where structures are constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. They are stable because of the unique method, characterised by a load-bearing façade of carefully selected interlocking stones.
When he was approached by the owner of the house, now known as Elysium, Jason knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"We did wonder if it would be possible at all. The reason why there are no other dry stone wall houses is the expense of it and the weather we have in this country," he said. "We have used concrete sheeting to provide a cavity with stone slate vents so the back of the stones will be ventilated in order to stop them fracturing in cold weather."
The building is 400 square metres and there are 300 stones per metre. Cotswold stones were delivered from a local quarry and the builders had to cut each one ready to be laid. It also features frameless glass windows which have been expertly set into the stone to create a sharp edge.
Jason said: "I want the residents to see what we went through and how we built this incredible house which I believe will become a landmark for future generations."