Case Study of the Month - March
Raise the Roof

Location: Cambridgeshire
Land Cost: £495,000 with existing house
Build Cost: £496,000
Current Value: £1,800,000


After all 8 members of the family had spent 3 years crammed into a 2 1/2 bedroom house, Liam and Helen Collins' new sizable contemporary home has given each family member their own space.

Liam and his wife, Helen, are no strangers to major projects, having tackled their first renovation together in 1994. Aiming to expand his knowledge and keen to tackle more renovation projects, Liam enrolled on numerous courses, from bricklaying to plastering. While he continued to get more experience in the field, Liam always had one eye on the local property market – and in 2006 he spotted a dilapidated house for sale in one of the areas he’d earmarked for the family’s next home.

After liaising with a chartered architectural technologist atArtek Design House, about creating a high-spec home, they worked together to submit plans for an unusual, light-filled dwelling.

"I visited a self build show, taking along my plans, with the aim of sounding out the team on the Potton stand,” says Liam. “When I showed the sales rep my drawings, he said he’d get back to me to see whether they could tackle creating a frame for such a cutting-edge design and, if so, how much it would cost. Within a fortnight, I got a call giving me the green light at a competitive price."