Huxham

Few of us would think of building their home to look like a work of art, but on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley in South Devon Joe and Claire and their young children are going to do just that. Their new house will be a giant sculpture inspired by the local landscape, 70 metres long and featuring 34 enormous angled zinc shards jutting out in all directions. It will be astonishingly complicated to build, and equally as expensive, but Joe is young, wealthy and ambitious, as well as fearless. He intends to invest a large part of his self-made fortune into making the impossible possible, his stated aim to build "one of the greatest homes on the planet”.

 

But with huge ambition can come huge risk, and right from the start the problems are mind boggling. Major structural engineering changes are necessary to contend with high winds hitting the shards, and the eight hundred and thirty-five thousand pound budget virtually doubles before the first walls go up. A team of local builders then struggle through all weathers to build a vast intricate wooden frame, but the prefabricated timbers simply won’t fit together. As delays mount, making Joe’s dream a reality seems further away than ever. What should have been a masterpiece is in real danger of becoming a white elephant.

 

Suppliers List

The following list of suppliers is for information purposes only and no representation or endorsement is made by us in respect of these suppliers.

Service
Company Name
Curtains and blinds
Electrics & Plumbing
Environmental Consultant
Flooring
Home Automation
Home Automation Installation
Kitchen
Sapphire spaces - Balthaup kitchen
Renewable Energy Consultants
Structural Engineers
Timber Frame
Wall Treatments
Zinc Cladding
Thanks to Houghton Hall, Anish Kapoor and DACS for kind permission to film the sculptures at the start of the programme © Anish Kapoor. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021