Grand Designs' House of the Year built using Gallagher's Kentish Ragstone
Caring Wood, an extensive country house set in the Kent countryside, has been named Grand Designs' House of the Year.
The house was built using Kentish Ragstone, supplied by Gallagher's Hermitage Quarry. The Kent vernacular was crucial to the design, and in addition to the Kentish Ragstone, 150,000 handmade peg tiles, coppiced chestnut cladding and terracotta floor tiles were all sourced locally.
The design was inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent and comprises four towers, incorporating formal, communal and private spaces for three generations of the same family.