WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT POTTON AND WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO WITH THE COMPANY?
"We went to the National Homebuilding and Renovating shows in Birmingham, we looked at various package suppliers including the major German suppliers and Potton.
We then met Sean Adams at the Potton show house at The National Self Build Centre in Swindon to discuss our ideas further and that made us decide to go with Potton.
Sean was very perceptive of our requirements and offered a lot of advice and alternatives."
HOW DID THE DESIGN ACTUALLY COME ABOUT AND WHAT DESIGN INPUT DID POTTON HAVE?
"We had a wish list of rooms and desires for our build and also sent a lot of images over to Sean of other builds that we liked. Our first design was rejected by the planners and we were made to lower the ridge height, and generally reduce the mass among other restrictions.
Sean and I worked together to achieve a design that was acceptable to both us and the planning authority.
Sean's ability to make very bit of space work hard in the house for us was brilliant!
Our main considerations for the final layout came about for our requirement of open plan style living, as a family we liked staying in vaulted open spaces when we have been away somewhere.
A connected garage was also very important to us for all of our outdoor activities and dog walking."
HOW DID YOU FIND THE WHOLE POTTON SERVICE AND PROCESS?
"The design and planning service was excellent. All aspects of the building design and the internal design, including elements of the staircase, windows and doors was great.
Although we had a slight delay when our erection team was replaced part way through the job, the replacement team was excellent and got the job completed.
With communication being the key to a successful and smooth running self build, we had a few minor difficulties. However when we encountered problems Potton was always quick to help us in solving them."
WHEN DID THE PROJECT START AND WHERE DID YOU LIVE DURING THE BUILD?
"The original bungalow was demolished in December 2016 and we rented a house nearby so that we could be available if required."
WHEN DID YOU ACTUALLY MOVE INTO THE NEW HOUSE AND WAS IT ALL COMPLETE AND LANDSCAPED?
"There was no landscaping at first because our rental period had expired so we lived in a caravan on the drive. Then we all camped in one room and gradually moved into the house itself which was finished by Christmas 2017."