Having always dreamt of building their own home, Andrew and Toni Leese decided the time was right to search for a plot following 16 years of living in a detached estate house. The couple came across an old police station on Rightmove which was being sold as a development plot for two houses.

After researching different build routes with a view to achieving as efficient a home as possible, the couple came across package company Potton at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham. “Although we spoke to other timber frame companies to get prices, we felt Potton was more established and we went to their show home in Cambridgeshire to see a fully finished Potton house. We also liked that the build route meant we would be watertight within two weeks,” says Andrew.

With Potton building to watertight stage, the couple’s main contractor took on the remaining tasks with Andrew and Toni handling as many jobs as they could, and sourced the majority of materials and fittings from local suppliers. The end result is a beautiful Cotswold stone home with low running costs thanks to the installation of a ground source heat pump, which the couple admit was “worth the investment”.

Project Notes

  • Project: Traditional-style package self build
  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Build time: Feb 2013 – Nov 2013
  • Construction system: Timber frame with Cotswold stone outer skin
  • Size: 230m2
  • Plot cost: £262,000
  • Build cost: £316,000
The rear of this package self build in the Cotswolds looks out over Toni and Andrew's established garden

Nestled within a conservation area in the Wiltshire countryside, Andrew and Toni’s new home had to adhere to certain planning requirements — including Cotswold stone cladding, a gabled roof angled at a 45˚ pitch and traditional four-bar sash windows. Behind the stone cladding lies a timber frame, provided by Potton, packed with 120mm-thick Kingspan insulation

The kitchen in this Cotswold stone package build conforms to the self build's traditional style and was sourced locally

The open plan kitchen/dining/family space located at the rear of the house offers views of the garden and opens out onto a BBQ terrace, perfect for summer evenings. The kitchen is from Loxley Kitchens and was manufactured in the UK. “We wanted an open plan space and we now spend most of our time in here,” says Andrew

The grand hallway with central staircase and galleried landing opens to various reception rooms on the ground floor

In order to create a sense of grandeur, the floorplan incorporates a generous hallway that provides access to all principal spaces at ground level, including the study, formal dining room, living room and the open plan kitchen/dining/family space. A central staircase with galleried landing above adds to the home’s traditional feel

The package self build features four generous bedrooms to accommodate the couple and their visiting family

Andrew and Toni specified four bedrooms for their home in order to accommodate visiting children and parents

The tiles in this package self build were sourced from The Tile Gallery and fitted by the homeowners themselves to save on costs

The couple also took on the tiling for the bathrooms and en suites, with the tiles (from The Tile Gallery) and vanity units sourced locally

This Cotswold stone-clad timber frame self build in Wiltshire was built using package company Potton

The property’s front elevation

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