"We Built Our First Home!" How This Couple Became First-Time Homeowners by Self Building

 a self build home built by first time homeowners
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Along with many of her family members, Lucy Newton has lived on a picturesque 50-acre smallholding close to York for much of her life. Her great grandfather bought the land nearly 80 years ago; it is now managed by her parents, who live next to her grandma, who is, in turn, neighbour to Lucy’s aunt and uncle.

“I loved growing-up here and, apart from a few years living away at university where I met my partner, Sam, I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else,” says Lucy. “Sam and I want to take over the smallholding one day, but we needed somewhere to live. We hoped to self build our own home but we had to find a way to navigate planning permission first.” 

Jane is a freelance homes and interiors journalist who write articles about property and home-related topics such as house renovations, self-builds, interior design, kitchens, bathrooms, architecture.