First time self builders save £130k on dream oak-framed home by sharing plot

An oak frame home with timber cladding and exposed red brick, surrounded by a green lawn
(Image credit: Mark Watts / Oakwrights)

A problem shared really was a problem halved for LB Mills and her partner Craig Holden when they built an oak frame cottage on a plot split with another couple. 

Working side-by-side on their builds, they were able to make economies of scale, pooling resources on labour and navigating the planning process together. 

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.