Why do we bother?
Because most modern housing just isn’t good enough.

Because we got angry about the way volume housebuilders were riding roughshod over great tracts of our towns and countryside: erasing traces of the past; ignoring established communities and chucking up identikit Noddy houses at the lowest possible cost.

Because we believe that housing should be specific to its context; that, done properly, development should improve rather than destroy, the biodiversity of the site.That it’s not just about houses, but about landscape, culture, community. Because we simply didn’t believe it when we were told that you can’t build beautiful environmentally- friendly housing at a price that most people can afford.

What did we get up to in…


Hab was established by the writer, designer and broadcaster Kevin McCloud. It stands for Happiness Architecture Beauty. We build houses that make people happy; that keep people warm in winter and cool in summer and generally comfortable and cheerful all year round. We work with brilliant architects and landscape architects to make places that look great and work well, and have lots of outdoor space for people to play, chat, lie in the sun, throw a good party, grow their own food.

But we do lots of other things as well…

This July we will be:

Feeling delighted, but now knuckling down for the hard work

As we’re very happy to report that, after six months in the planning system on our 35-home riverside scheme in Warminster, we secured outline planning approval from the county’s Planning Committee last month. This came off the back of strong support in advance from both Warminster’s own Town Council and Wiltshire’s Planning Officers.  We can now begin the detailed house design process to shift this from a ‘resolution to grant planning consent’ (planning tech speak for stage one approval) to fully detailed planning. Then we can kick off our marketing drive to seek out aspiring custom builders for the site, with sales hoped to begin later this year.