'Sitting on the key to self build'

Location: Hertfordshire
Land & Existing Property Cost: £315,000
Build Cost: £400,000
Current Value: £1m

After moving from their Hertfordshire home of many years, to the neighbouring corner plot bungalow they had always admired. May and Gareth Huxtable had, without realising, given themselves the key to fulfilling their ambition of building their own home. 

After 12 happy years in the bungalow, the couple began to think about their self build dream and decided to look for a plot to build their retirement home.

They began the hunt for a building plot but wanted to stay close to family. Their search proved fruitless, so after much discussion, the couple came to the conclusion that were in fact sitting on their best asset, the existing bungalow! Ideally located, the plot was perfect size to build their dream home. 

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The couple then proceeded to visit the Potton Show Centre and attended a number of Self Build Academy events, and after taking all the options into account, decided to go ahead with their project.

As there was no planning permission on the site, the couple utilised Potton's design and planning service.

"They were excellent, despite all the delays and problems caused by planning constraints put in place by the Local Authority" explains Gareth.
"We had to completely rethink our design, but with Potton's help, we settled on a modified version of one of the Shire range" says May.

Huxtable after

"It was an amazing experience, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole project! Demolition of the old bungalow started in February 2014, and we moved in 90% finished in November 2014." says Gareth.

The couple now fully retired, have even considered building again, but at this moment are relaxing and enjoying their new home, and wouldn't change a thing!

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