How this self builder built an oak-framed cottage beside her childhood home for only £200k

A partially glazed oak frame cottage with a paved exterior
(Image credit: Border Oak / Jeremy Phillps)

“I was brought up on building sites, working alongside my dad during school holidays, so it seemed natural to join the family business and become a builder myself,” says Roxy Woodfield, the talented young builder who constructed her own two bedroom cottage on the land adjacent to her childhood home. 

“When my parents gained planning permission for a small development of oak-framed houses on their land, I was over the moon to be gifted one of the plots to build my own self-build home.”

Headshot of Merry Albright Creative Director at Border Oak
Merry Albright

Merry is the Creative Director at Border Oak, leading oak frame specialists based in Herefordshire UK. Her responsibilities within the company cover branding, design, marketing, sales, creative direction and PR.

Debbie Jeffery
Homes Journalist

Debbie Jeffery is a distinguished journalist and seasoned property expert with an extensive career spanning over 25 years. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of technical knowledge, with a particular focus on crafting comprehensive articles covering various facets of residences and gardens. Her work has graced the pages of prominent national newspapers, architectural publications, and home-focused magazines, earning international recognition through syndication. Beyond her journalistic pursuits, Debbie also lends her talents to public relations and copywriting projects for diverse businesses and architectural firms. She has had the privilege of conducting interviews with numerous notable personalities and celebrities, and she regularly writes case studies for the Homebuilding & Renovating print magazine.

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