Martin says: “The old Woolaway bungalow was beyond help, but it did mean we had a building plot. With John’s lifelong ambition to self-build and my family history in the industry, the way ahead was clear”.
Martin and John live in an old Woolaway* pre-fabricated bungalow dating back to the 1960s. It is cold, draughty and looks tired and unattractive with no architectural merit. John had recently retired when he first contacted Design & Materials via a web search. Martin and John had been considering self build for some time and with Martin retiring the time now seemed right. Our clients were attracted by the longevity of the company, cost certain approach and the high level of service that we provide.
* Woolaway bungalows were a post war Government initiative to provide quick re-housing in kit form.
The plan was to replace the existing cold, draughty bungalow with an attractive, open plan, energy efficient cottage. Our clients had informal discussions with the local planners who were less than enthusiastic about a replacement dwelling. Martin and John rightly thought the Council would encourage the building of a modern, well-designed, energy efficient dwelling but strangely they suggested the property should be refurbished. So they contacted us for advice and our Head of Design, Beverley carried out a Desktop Planning Appraisal. Her immediate conclusion was that the clients had a right under planning policies to build a replacement dwelling. Buoyed by the news Martin and John contacted our Project Coordinator Ian Watson and asked him to visit the site to agree a brief for the Design.
Agreeing the brief and creating the design.