Case Study of the month - July
Born & Self Built In The Same Village
Land Cost: Owned
Build Cost: £240,000
Current Value: Unknown
Terry Gibbons was born in a Lincolnshire village, his wife Teresa was born in southern Italy. The couple’s children had all grown up and left home and the couple had been living in Spalding for 10 years and thought that the time was right to 'give it a go'.
The couple who were both in their 60s had in fact already owned, renovated and sold their 4 previous houses in both the Lincolnshire and Leicestershire area. Terry who had an engineering background was working with a friend who is a builder, so the couple were in a prime position for self build.
Terry’s 96 year old father lived in a bungalow in the same village as Terry was born in, he had a large garden that was too much for him to look after so he decided that he would give the 1/3rd of an acre plot to his son.
The couple started their research and came across Potton. They visited the self build centre at St Neots and met self build consultant Tom Allen.
“We found the Potton designer to be the most helpful we had come across, he was always interested in what we wanted, but was ready to advise if he thought we could improve on our initial rough ideas” said Terri. “We have Tom to thank for some of the lovely details we have in our house. His support and advice was first class.”
It was important to the Gibbons that they had a large open kitchen that included a dining area, and a brick fireplace, they wanted a separate lounge, large windows wherever possible so they could maximise the natural light throughout the house.
Terry carried out a lot of the work himself and at the same time Terri was on the phone chasing prices and products, calling on suppliers, collecting numerous samples. It was a real joint effort and in April 2015 the couple moved into their new home albeit there was still some work left to do. They both agree “seeing the end result was just so rewarding. It is everything we could have asked for and more!”.
Taking on some of the work
Terry and Teresa fitted themselves:
- All first fix carpentry including fitting the staircase
- All plumbing work including fitting bathrooms
- Designing and fitting the underfloor heating system. The air source heat pump was fitted and commissioned by a plumber from Wisbech
- Fixing all plasterboard. Skimming was carried out by a local plasterer
- Fitting the kitche and completed all ceramic tiling
- Laying all external drainage