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Pip & Steve Gunn

Boldly Bespoke

Pip and Steve decided to self-build as they wanted a home which would deliver better value for money whilst allowing them to explore their strong design ideas.

Initially planning a fairly traditional exterior; Pip and Steve Gunn now have a striking contemporary design to call home.

Location:
Peterborough
Land Cost:
£155,000
Build Cost:
£365,000
Value:
£575,000 approx.
Completion Date:
August 2017
Floor Area:
2153 sq ft

Background

The couple had been living in Surrey for 22 years in a three-storey townhouse and were used to ‘vertical living’. Pip, a retired PE teacher, and Steve, a Rowing coach, had been considering the idea of self-building for many years but it only became a realistic proposition when the timing was right to move away from the area where they’d raised their two daughters.

Finding the plot

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The couple were flexible as to where they might move to which made plot-hunting easier as they could consider anything of potential interest.  
"We found the 0.29 acre plot by searching online and it took several months. We knew we would have to move out of London as plots with planning there were way beyond our budget” said Steve.

The land in Peterborough which they eventually purchased in January 2016 was part of a large settlement that had been put together by various property developers. “The local city council specified there had to be an allocation of plots for self-builders,” Pip explains, “so our entire street is made up of self-build houses of various designs”.

Step Inside...

After initially planning a fairly traditional exterior, Pip & Steve Gunn share their experiences on building their boldy bespoke, contemporary home.

The Design Process

Pip and Steve had initially planned a fairly traditional exterior with open spaces internally; however, the local council stipulated that a self-build in their area had to be one of a contemporary nature.

“We had some ideas about how we wanted the house to work for us and how we wanted it to look” said Pip. The couple had initially planned a fairly traditional exterior with open spaces internally; however, the local council stipulated that a self-build in their area had to be one of a contemporary nature.

The land in Peterborough which they eventually purchased in January 2016 was part of a large settlement that had been put together by various property developers. “The local city council specified there had to be an allocation of plots for self-builders,” Pip explains, “so our entire street is made up of self-build houses of various designs”.

The couple wanted open spaces in the living areas and were influenced by mountain lodges and barns typical to houses in New Zealand where Pip grew up. The south-facing aspects of the house deliver plenty of solar input keeping the family warm.  

Pip first saw a Potton self-build house at a home show in the 1980’s and so were aware of their existence. Some thirty years on, husband Steve visited the Potton Self Build Show Centre in St Neots and was impressed with the quality of the show homes. The couple then attended a Potton self-build seminar in Oxfordshire where they chatted to Paul Newman, Self-Build Director, and decided Potton would be the company they would work with.  

The couple met with Potton Self Build Consultant, Mark Day, who took away their ideas and worked with Architect Vicky Corbett to finalise the design.

as featured in SB&D

As featured in

Pip and Steve's self build was featured in SelfBuild & Design magazine.

Read the feature here
Pip and Steve were very enthusiastic about contemporary design and their detailed brief really helped me as a designer and made the whole process a pleasure. As an active, outdoorsy couple with a grown-up family, the brief was to create a light and airy home with a simple, flowing form.  - Vicky Corbett, Potton Architect
House Closeup

The exterior is reminiscent of a contemporary barn, with a double-height entrance leading into open spaces and plenty of outdoor living areas. Knowing the couple’s love of being outdoors, Potton Architect Vicky Corbett devised a house which would reflect the couple’s various interests and could accommodate visiting friends and family.

"From our initial meeting with our Self Build Consultant through to the planning process, there were no queries left unanswered" - Pip Gunn

Potton offer a bespoke design service that attracted us, it incorporated the planning service for what seemed a reasonable price.

- Steve Gunn.

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