Liam & Helen Collins
Safe hands route with Potton
"The self build process was challenging but rewarding – however we are currently living in a property that we would not have been able to buy on the open market - which is individual, unique in its design and very comfortable.”
Land Cost: £495,000 with existing house
Build Cost: £496,000
Current Value: £1.8m
After spending three years shoehorned into a ramshackle two-and-a-half bedroom property, all eight members of the Collins family are thoroughly enjoying life in their spacious new contemporary home. Liam and his wife, Helen, are no strangers to major projects, having tackled their first renovation together in 1994. Their journey with Potton started with a visit to a self-build exhibition.
After seeing a dilapidated house for sale in one of the areas the couple had earmarked for the family’s next home, Liam instantly recognised the site’s untapped potential. Moving themselves and their 6 children into the run down home with the intention to extend, Liam decided a better plan would be to knock it down completely and self build something new. “I’d always fancied developing my own house from scratch that would be packed with wow factor,”
After liasing with Artek Design House about designing a high-spec house, Liam approached Potton who could offer the safe hands route. “When I showed Potton the drawings, they said they would 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.”
Liam’s company, Collins Developments, moved on site in early 2011 to get works underway. With Liam at the helm, the old house was swiftly demolished, the new foundations dug and the beam and block ground floor laid, ready for Potton to erect the timber frame.
Their finished house features a large hall, study, open plan kitchen diner, living room, cloakroom and utility on the ground floor. The first floor includes five bedrooms, a family bathroom and laundry, while the second comprises two further bedrooms (one with an ensuite and dressing room), plus another bathroom. “We have deliberately kept the house as family-friendly and practical as possible, while delivering the open, airy interiors we wanted. The self build process was challenging but rewarding – however we are currently living in a property that we would not have been able to buy on the open market - which is individual, unique in its design and very comfortable.”
An Individual and Unique Design..