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In this section of the website, we regularly post interesting items of news and updates from the Self-Build Industry. Examples include the latest amendments to the Planning System, design trends, materials innovations, changes to the Building Regulations and lots of tips and advice on building your own home. Since September 2016 we have been following the Self Build Journey of two of our clients.

October Diary

Warwick and Lynn Wilson

Last month our clients talked about their motivation for building their own home and how their ideal plot had been staring them in the face for years … their own side garden!  This month’s diary is about creating the design.

Our Head of Design, Beverley visited the clients and sat down with them for a couple of hours to discuss and agree a brief that Beverley would use to prepare her design proposal. Their initial thought was a scaled down version of their existing Edwardian house but following a Pre-Application to the Council it became apparent that the planners would not support that.

Below are extracts from Warwick and Lynn’s amended ‘wish list’ and the floor plans of the final design that was submitted to the planners. 

  • Feature porch
  • Square lounge
  • Kitchen/dining open to terrace
  • Raised terrace area
  • Ground floor wet room
  • Feature upper floor sitting area
  • Large linen room
  • Large entrance hall
  • Bay window
  • Larder
  • Study/ground floor bedroom
  • Upper floor balconies
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Master bedroom suite

What did the clients think about Beverley’s design? “When we compared Beverley’s proposal to our original idea for a grander house on the Edwardian style, we were very impressed by how Beverley had married together the two seemingly diverse concepts … very clever and cunning!”   

Next time
The planning process – Beverley talks about her negotiations with the planners.

Martin and John

Last month our clients explained how they came to their decision to replace their tired old bungalow with a modern, energy efficient cottage. This month’s diary focuses on the design process.

Our Project Coordinator, Ian Watson visited the site to take a brief for Beverley to prepare a design proposal. John and Martin had clear ideas on how they wanted their new living space to work for them so Beverley’s initial proposal required very little tweaking.

Below are extracts from Martin and John’s ‘wish list’ and the floor plans of the design we submitted to the planners.

  • Open plan for entertaining
  • Views to open countryside
  • Bi-fold doors to terrace
  • First floor master bedroom
  • Vaulted roof and feature glazing
  • Feature gallery with lounge below
  • 2 bedrooms to ground floor
  • Large utility (dog)
  • Contemporary stove to lounge
  • Upper floor study area
  • Dressing area to master bedroom
  • Storage area for gas bottles

What did the clients say about Beverley’s design? “Aside from a couple of minor tweaks, Beverley’s first design proposal was pretty much spot on.”  

Next time
We look at how we managed the planning process for Martin and John.
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