Case Study 2
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"I was pregnant throughout the project, had a young baby and was working full time; so employing a Potton-approved project manager took away the day-to-day strain of the project. He organised everything for us and completed the whole build in less than eight months, which was perfect”

Location: Devon
Land Cost: £270,000
Build Cost: £260,000
Current Value: £800,000

Meet Leah and Richard Allen. Leah is a management consultant and Richard is MD of a flooring company. The couple have two children, Joseph (7) and Jemima (5).

When Leah persuaded Richard to build a new house on the site of her grandparents’ former home, she knew she needed to move quickly just in case he changed his mind. “Richard isn’t interested in building or DIY and was rightly concerned about taking on a first time self build.”

The Allens had been living in a town house, but wanted more space after Joseph was born. “I grew up in Exmouth, just a short distance from my grandparents’ house,” says Leah. “Their bungalow had a large garden and backed onto fields.

The bungalow was too small for the Allens’ needs, but the setting was perfect. Leah spotted an advert for Potton and, spurred on by the promise of a fast build schedule, decided to employ them. They worked with Potton’s in-house design team to create a home that included large windows and contemporary open-plan spaces. “Potton’s architect was excellent – he gave us exactly what we wanted and spent hours tweaking the design and configuration for no extra cost.”

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The house

With planning permission in place, the Allens needed to line up a builder. They opted for a Potton-approved project manager who took charge of the project and took away the day-to-day strains of managing the build. “They had built their own Potton house, so knew exactly what we were going though,” says Leah.

Work progressed on site, and Potton sent a two man team to erect the frame, creating a watertight shell in just two weeks.

Family and friends rallied round to help complete the interiors and the entire house was spray painted white in a weekend. A built-in vacuum system, underfloor heating and multi-room music system have also been incorporated.

“Everyone comments on how bright and open the house is, which is made possible by the exposed structural posts and beams of the Potton timber frame,” says Leah.

“Now when people come to dinner they can perch on stools at the kitchen island unit and enjoy a glass of wine while I’m cooking. The utility room is larger than our old kitchen. We even had space for Joseph to make the house his own personal racing track. It’s exactly how I’d imagined it to be and the open plan layout really has changed our whole way of life.”

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