The Prince's Natural House

The Prince’s Natural House is a high-profile building project which was constructed at the Building Research Establishment (BRE), in collaboration with Natural Building Technologies and Kingerlee Homes.

Having been presented as a show home at the Ideal Home Show 2011, attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prince’s Natural House received much public critical acclaim.  The full-scale version of The Prince’s Natural House, situated at the BRE, has received the same reception from members of the industry and the public.  The Prince’s Natural House was officially unveiled for the first time by the Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, who said:  “The Prince’s Foundation has proved that Great British Design doesn’t need to be sacrificed to make our homes zero carbon”.

The Prince’s Natural House offers a prime example of how we can live in a traditionally built low carbon home built from natural materials; its pioneering design is our very own answer to eco living.

The walls are composed of a simple solid clay block structure containing small pockets of air.

The small pockets throughout the clay act as insulation for the home, trapping pockets of air throughout the house. Alongside insulation of roof and floor space with lime-hemp and sheep’s wool, it leaves the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, thus reducing heating and cooling bills.

To allow the walls to breathe, a problem with some new eco-homes, we used breathable materials, paints and floor finishes, this stops the Prince’s Natural House from trapping dust or moisture that might create damp or mould in the future.

The Interior Designer, Christina Moore produced a sustainable and stylish design which complimented the generous proportions of the house. Its high ceilings and natural colour palette allowed the mismatched furniture and decoration to stand out.  It introduced the idea of adapting familiar design elements to give a timeless but contemporary feel. Many of the materials were recycled; curtains and bedspreads made from a patchwork of materials were taken from market stalls or items destined for the dustbin. It demonstrates that a great contemporary design doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive.

Our primary aim in promoting this long term project is to show that it is very easy to make consumer choices that lead to lower impact and more naturally healthy homes. With current economic concerns, huge bills are a real driving factor for people when making decisions about their homes but other factors, such as health may go ignored.

A hamlet comprising of The Prince’s Natural Houses is currently being designed in Co-ed Darcy, Wales. It's the first opportunity for people to purchase and make their own home in a Prince’s Natural House, ideally placed amongst safe, pleasant, convenient neighbourhoods and communities with nearby shops, school, and play areas.

To book a tour of The Prince’s Natural House please contact Louise on louise.boddington@princes-foundation.org or call her at +44 (0) 20 7613 8552