A pensioner, who “stole the nation’s hearts” when he constructed a groundbreaking flat-pack Huf Haus in Grand Designs 2004 received tributes.  

Greta Iredale and David Iredale are the people who built the UK’s first German Huf Haus. This is a home where every component has been preconstructed, and assembled on the spot. It was 16 years ago. Their dream home was built on land that they had purchased in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. 

Their first appearance on Grand Designs was nearly twenty years ago. But viewers were thrilled when Kevin McCloud visited them at a 2019 event.

Huf Haus’ official Instagram page posted the sad news. It included a picture of David, along with the words: “A Tribute to David Iredale.” We regret deeply and share this sad news about David.

Tributes have been paid to David Iredale who 'stole the nation's hearts' when he built a revolutionary flat-pack Huf Haus on Grand Designs in 2004

David Iredale has been praised for his’stole nation’s heart’ in building a flat-pack Huf Haus at Grand Designs in 2004, which was a groundbreaking invention. 

They first appeared on Grand Designs nearly 20 years ago, but viewers were overjoyed when Kevin McCloud visited them in a 2019 (pictured with their Huf Haus)

 They first appeared on Grand Designs nearly 20 years ago, but viewers were overjoyed when Kevin McCloud visited them in a 2019 (pictured with their Huf Haus) 

The official Huf Haus Instagram page shared the news of David's passing yesterday with a snap of him with his wife Greta from Grand Designs

Yesterday’s news was shared by the official Huf Haus Instagram Page. A photo was taken of David and Greta, from Grand Designs.

“The joyous David and GretaIredale, who built their Huf Haus with GrandDesigns to build their home and stole our hearts,” 

Further caption: David will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and incredible artistic skills. But, most important, he is remembered as a friend and integral part of the Huf Haus Family.

“Our thoughts are with Greta’s and David’s families. 

Following the sharing of the post to Facebook, Huf Haus was inundated with tributes to David.

David and Greta spent months living in a caravan while their home was pulled into place on Grand Designs in 2004

David and Greta lived for many months in a caravan as their Grand Designs home was being built in 2004

One commenter wrote that it made him feel extremely sad. The episode served to be a real learning experience to those of us who didn’t know anything about HUF HAUS. We send condolences and sympathies to the Iredale family.

Another said: “My favorite grand designs ever Huf Haus. David Iredale, RIP. Greta is my thoughts at this difficult time. He gave everything he had to Greta and the house.

Another wrote, “That Grand Design episode in 2004 inspired my to build my Huf Haus.” Iredale and I share our thoughts. 

In 2003, the couple spent 2 days at a German factory deciding the details for their Huf Haus. After that it only took 3 1/2 days to construct on their Walton-on-Thames-owned land. 

The flat-pack property being built; the Huf Haus company, based in Germany, saw a spike in sales after the show aired in 2004

Flat-pack properties are being constructed; Huf Haus, which is based in Germany saw an increase in sales following the 2004 broadcast.

The couple enjoyed a “good summer” and lived on the grounds while they finished their house. 

A medium-sized Huf Haus costs around £500,000 to build and the entire house-building process – from initial designs to builders – is provided by the company. 

Once a piece of land is found, the properties usually take three and a half months to complete.  

The Huf Haus, a German flat-pack home with pre-fabricated parts, caused pensioners Greta and David Iredale many a headache when they built it back in 2004, in series four of Grand Designs

The Huf Haus, a German flat-pack home with pre-fabricated parts, caused pensioners Greta and David Iredale many a headache when they built it back in 2004, in series four of Grand Designs

Greta Iredale was seen relaxing in the living room of her home, with light flooding in from the property's huge windows

Greta was seen enjoying the light streaming in from her large windows while relaxing in her living area.

The Huf Haus was raised from the ground in just three-and-a-half days back in 2004 but the couple spent six months living in a caravan while the property was finished and furnished

In just three and a half days, the Huf Haus was built. However, the Huf Haus couple lived in their caravan for six months while they finished the house.

When it appeared on Grand Designs in 2004, presenter Kevin McCloud described the home as a ‘German spaceship’, but he was impressed by the ‘most efficient [building] process’ he’d ever seen and the ‘beautiful engineering’ of the finished product. 

At the time, Greta, a retired office manager, said: ‘They are so open and there’s so much glass you feel as if you’re living in the garden.

David (84), a retired designer director, recalls the neighbors bringing deckchairs for him to enjoy watching its construction. 

After the post was shared to Facebook, the Huf Haus page was flooded with tributes to David, with many saying the episode of Grand Designs was one of their all-time favourites

The Huf Haus Facebook page received a flood of tributes from David after the post was shared. Many said that the Grand Designs episode was their favorite. 

Kevin returned to the couple again in 2019, when he narrowed down his Top Five Picks for Kevin’s Grandest Designs.

They were both already elderly when the build began. However, they seem just as happy with the house in 2019 than they were in 2019, after having spent six months sleeping in a caravan. 

David and David shared a touching moment of intimacy, with David confessing that he still feels ‘tingles’ whenever he views the property.

These flat-pack house kits are made in one factory and then assembled by the homeowner in less than seven days.

Joseph Huf started out with 12 workers when he set up his Westerwald-based carpentry shop. It now has a staff of more than 500, an annual turnover of €80 million (about £63 million) and has built 10,000 homes all over the world.

Franz Huf, his father’s son, took the company over from him in 1949 and expanded it to make timberframed houses and commercial buildings.

He collaborated with Manfred Adams, an architect friend, to design the original Huf Haus’ post-and beam structure in the late Seventies.

This same frame is used to give the property an open feel.

 Factory production takes four months, after which the flat-pack home is shipped to the UK along with a team of German builders. The shell assembly takes about a week, while interiors including plumbing and electrics take 12-14 weeks.

Huf didn’t start building homes in the UK until 1997, when the first Huf Haus was put up in Leamington Spa.