Case Study of the Month - November
A Long-Cherished Dream
It is not only the Potton Show Centre that is celebrating 25 years during 2017, Potton self builder Steve Wright is also celebrating 25 years after building his very own Gransden back in 1992.
Almost 50 years ago, Steve Wright was a M.D of a major East Anglian house builder, building around 5,000 houses through the 70’s and 80’s and picking up invaluable practical skills and experience.
Fast forward 10 years and Steve became in a position to take early retirement and fulfil a long cherished dream of being hands-on using skills he had learnt in the trade to build his own home.
Purchasing a plot in a village in Suffolk, Steve managed to obtain planning permission for not only his own home, but also for a bungalow for his parents.
25 Years of the Potton Show Centre
As the original pioneers of self build in the UK and one of the leading names in the industry, Potton opened its Self Build Show Centre in 1992, when building your own home was a relatively new concept.
Working in the trade, Steve had a long list of excellent sub-contractors, but he was determined to put his experience to use and do as much as possible himself.
It was a family effort as Steve’s wife looked after all the internal and external decorating, his sons and son-in-law assisted with groundworks, with Steve acting as an all-round extra pair of hands.
With everyone mucking in, the family managed to build both house and bungalow in 18 months and well within budget.
Now 25 years later, the children have flown the nest and Steve and his wife are still loving living in their Gransden. The couple have considered downsizing, but after such a labour of love, they are loathed to move! Steve comments “and even if we did downsize, where would we put everything!”
The house today.
Building in 1992