A cluster of five large detached houses for HAB Housing, founded by TV presenter and writer Kevin McCloud to challenge developer housing provision in the UK. HAB’s first custom build scheme lies in Oxford’s Cumnor Hill and perfectly dovetails their aspiration to develop schemes that straddle the opportunities and social life that towns can offer with the beauty and tranquility of the open countryside. The site is settled in an upmarket area just two miles from the city centre and at the jumping off point to the Cotswolds. The houses are designed to allow buyers to customise their internal accommodation, from 3 to 6 bedrooms and a variety of living space provisions, at ground and first floors. Externally, textured chalky brickwork affords continuity to the development, while red-brown pre-patinated zinc roofs and larch timber cladding provide a natural palette to the houses.