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 August we will be:

Maintaining a ‘business as usual’ approach over the summer…

Despite the fact that Simon is travelling round our sites over the summer working (very hard!) from his motorhome and Jim’s base of operations is an alfresco dining terrace.