Hux Shard Grand Designs in Exeter is a game-changer

A Devon House is the first in the new series of Grand Designs. It started with a budget of £ 835,000 and ended up costing £ 2.5million – and some of the builders who worked on it say the house is ‘ridiculous’.

Hux Shard was inspired by the Granite Tors of Dartmoor. The story of the creation of the ambitious five-bed zinc-clad house near Exeter is the subject of the debut of the new Grand Design series Wednesday (September 1, 2021) on Channel 4 at 9 p.m. ET.

Much like Grand Designs, the project went over both budget and original schedule. The house is gigantic, covering 6000 m², with five bedrooms, a gym, a cinema room, an office, a laundry room, an open-plan kitchen and a living space.

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This is the idea of ​​real estate developer and supercar investor Joe Priday, 35, and his wife Claire, who started building the futuristic house in 2017. It has 10-meter-high ceilings and a 229-foot hallway. feet long that starts from one end of the house. to the other – in which the couple’s three children are having fun.

“The house is very relaxing until the kids come in and the screaming and the echo starts, and it starts to pound your head a bit,” Joe admitted.




The kids took advantage of the long hallway that runs through the house and their dad admits they could cycle from one end of the house to the other as everything is on one level.

Joe admitted that if he had known he would build his super house during Brexit and a pandemic, he would not have started the project.



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However, he told The Times he was still glad he persevered, even though some contractors called the house ridiculous and said they wouldn’t like to live there.



Inspired by Dartmoor Granite Twists - the £ 2.5million Hux Shard, Exeter
Inspired by Dartmoor granite twists – the £ 2.5million Hux Shard, Exeter

He explains, “I wanted to build a house that no one can do. As with supercars, it’s not about ego.

“I like pushing the parameters and I wanted to do something that we are passionate about. I knew it would be a game changer,” he said.

The house is ultra-modern and carbon negative, powered by sun and air.

The real estate developer says town planners encouraged him to be brave and go for a modern house.

Authorities in East Devon told the couple their home should be “of architectural significance”. They even told him to make it as eye-catching as possible.



“They said if you were going to do a tor, do it like a tor on a hill that everyone can see. Lift it up on stilts to make it even more visible,” Joe said.

He wanted to model the house on the wild twists of Dartmoor, because they look like sculptures.

The house is carbon negative, running on solar panels, with an air heat pump and triple glazing.

The Pridays say the property is a relaxing family home. With three children, they have done their best to keep the house comfortable, and its angular windows provide a serene setting for parents and a play area full of endless possibilities for their children.



Inside the £ 2.5million Hux Shard, Exeter
Inside the £ 2.5million Hux Shard, Exeter

The beautiful house is not without its challenges. Claire admits that keeping it clean is a job in itself, which takes her hours.

She added that it was difficult to prevent children from spreading their toys everywhere and that the couple will have to buy a very large ladder to change the bulbs, due to their 10-meter-high roof.

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