Case Study of the month - May
Staying close to home
Land Cost: £145,000
Build Cost: £275,000
Current Value: £475,000
Charles and Georgina Serafini moved from Scotland to Wales 30 years ago when Charles’s job as a engineering manager in the steel industry took them there, and after being in their home for 26 years, their thoughts turned to building their own home.
However this was not something that they wanted to rush into, it had to be in the right location and if possible not too far from where they were. This resulted in them following up on almost 50 plots, although only getting out of the car to view 10 of those!
“We instinctively knew as soon as we pulled up outside a plot if it was going to be what we were looking for” says Georgina.
Then after around a 3 year period they stumbled on a plot that was approximately 1/6 of an acre, and had outline planning approval. This was being sold by a local farmer, so in May 2009 they purchased the plot for £145,000.
“We wanted to incorporate ideas from two of Potton’s ranges. Externally we liked the slightly more formal look of the Rectory style which we would clad in stone to suit the local vernacular. We also loved the Heritage interior with it’s structural post and beams, this would give us total flexibility with layouts and allow us to maximise on the view we had. Plus it gave us the opportunity to fill the house with as much light as possible”