The design and layout needed to be ‘future proof incorporating a built-in lift as they had ageing parents and fitting it from the start would be ideal should either one of them require it at a later date.
They also wanted adequate space for storage and to accommodate family who now have their own children. So, armed with cuttings and room dimensions based on their current house, and some ideas from the Potton barn and the house at Swindon, Jane, David and Sean set out to design their new home.
"We really got on well with Sean, he was very receptive to our requirements, one of which was our need for a basement, but despite the fact that Potton do not supply basements they were able to provide ample dimensioned drawings for the engineer to prepare his basement drawings which eventually the groundworkers would construct.” said Jane.
The couple also considered and evaluated incorporating some eco products but David's opinion was that the cost would not provide payback in any sensible time so they decided on a solar water system, a log burning stove in the lounge and with porcelain tiles throughout the ground floor and engineered oak at first floor. Underfloor heating was also a must.
When the final design was approved, Jane and David instructed Sean to make the official planning application.
"This went through amazingly quick" says Jane, “especially as we had heard all sorts of stories regarding how long it could take, in actual fact the application was put in at the end of July and approved in November with no conditions attached”.