Case Study of the Month - November
Building to Achieve a Dream
Land Cost: £190,000
Build Cost: £410,000
Current Value: £500,000
The build cost reflects Christine & David's desire to build to a very high specification as it's their dream home for life, and were not concerned with negative equity.
Christine Heal and David Peake knew exactly what they wanted in their next home and felt the only solution to getting it would be to build the house themselves.
So when the perfect spot came up for sale, they didn't hesitate to buy it and start their self build dream!
"We wanted to build our own home in order to get exactly what we wanted" said David. "And after visiting the Potton Self Build Show Centre in St Neots, we loved the look and feel of the Gransden so much, we knew that was the style we wanted to base our new home on."
"We definitely wouldn't have bought purely from a brochure, so to be able to walk around the Show Centre was perfect" explains David. "The bonus for us was the complete flexibility in design with Potton and the fact we could have anything and everything we wanted."
The retired couple worked closely with Potton Planning and Self Build Consultant Sean Adams to adapt the Gransden, from the Heritage range, to their own specifications.
"The house Sean designed for us fully reflected our requirements. We wanted the house to have a traditional feel, whilst being light, bright and airy."
Despite some planning issues, which were largely down to the site originally being home to a bungalow that had aleady been demolished by the previous owner, by the summer of 2012 the couple were ready to start work on their long awaited project.
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"Sean was instrumental in getting the project through planning. In fact, he was very helpful throughout - even when we had queries about areas which were not in his remit" says David.
With planning finally in place, work got underway in September 2012. It took several weeks and a lot of hard work to clear the overgrowth on the neglected plot of land, which was on a hill overlooking the village. Access was tricky and several tonnes of earth had to be removed.
Once the foundations were laid, the couple's new home began to really take shape and Potton's construction team could get to work.
"We were very impressed by the team who erected the timber frame, they worked long and hard through the hottest of summers to get the frame up in no time at all" explains David.
"There were inevitably a few issues along the way however these were all resolved to our satisfation."
After 14 months of hard work, David and Christine moved into their new home on 13th November 2013.
"We are absolutely delighted with the finished result and love our new home. We really love the fireplaces, especially the inglenook, and appreciate the practical aspects that were incorporated in the design such as the drying area off the Boot Room and the large amount of storage space"
"We learnt some valuable lessons on our self build journey, not least to choose your Project Manager carefully - our independent PM did let us down - but that said and regardless of the stresses and strains along the way, we've got exactly what we wanted in our new Potton home!"