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: 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 property’s front elevation