Executive Joanna Gray has moved into an exclusive low-energy development of properties in Cumbria after relocating with her family to the county.

Joanna, 36, is living in Brampton with her husband Chris and children William and Amy, from where she will commute to Carlisle for her role as head of audit and assurance at accountancy, business advisory and financial firm Armstrong Watson.

The Gray family has taken up residence at the Trivselhus by Esh, a development of low-energy properties in Garth House Gardens.

Joanna said: “Initially our plans were to live more central to Carlisle but my husband had heard about the Trivselhus by Esh properties in Brampton and was keen to take a look at the kind of living space they offered.

“I didn’t initially get on board – I wasn’t sure if the properties quite fitted my idea of what our family home should be but as soon as I walked through the front door I was immediately sold.

"The open-plan space and the light flooding into every corner was like nothing I had ever seen before and we immediately set about looking into how we could make Garth House Gardens our new family home.”

The Grays part-exchanged their existing property through Trivselhus by Esh and were quickly able to move and settle into local schools, professional roles and the lifestyle of the Cumbrian market town.

“The quality of the accommodation is far superior to any new-build property I’ve seen before and the space is perfect to support all the needs of our family.

“With five bedrooms and the lovely two-storey hallway, every part of the house has been designed to create stylish living areas that really take into account what a modern family needs.

"Add to this the advanced low-energy credentials and we really are lucky to be in our dream home.”

Trivselhus by Esh was formed as a joint venture partnership between Trivselhus, Sweden’s leading housebuilder and manufacturer of sustainable homes, with Esh Group, one of the largest construction firms in the North.

Each property has been designed to deliver dramatically low energy consumption.

Properties at Garth House Gardens have been constructed to feature fabric-first precision building design to create an airtight structure and retain heat within the building.

Windows, doors and service channels are manufactured in a controlled factory setting to ensure quality control of the energy-saving design features embedded into the building.

Each of the Trivselhus by Esh properties include solar panels on the roof and mechanical ventilation to circulate warm air into different parts of the house through a concealed duct system.

The properties also benefit from an air source heat pump to transfer warm external air into the building in the form of hot water.

Joanna said: “The low-energy bills were certainly an attraction to our family and it took no time at all to get a handle on the way the house creates and manages energy to keep everything running.”

The Brampton development is being marketed by Carlisle estate agents Hayward Tod.

Its director Adrian Tod said: “We are pleased to be involved in the sale of these visionary, ground-breaking eco homes not seen before in the Carlisle area.

“The properties are clearly a premium product with striking exteriors and beautiful contemporary living space.”