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Fast track

Chris and Sheila Marwood’s new prefabricated German kit home took just twelve weeks to build, despite their sloping Cornish site

THE MARWOOD FILE

NAMES Chris & Sheila Marwood

OCCUPATIONS Retired

LOCATION Cornwall

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame with insulating concrete formwork (ICF) lower ground fl oor

PLOT SIZE 1.4 acres

LAND COST £480,000 (bungalow on site later sold for £280,000)

BOUGHT 2009

HOUSE SIZE 340m2

PROJECT COST £550,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,618

TOTAL COST £750,000

VAT RECLAIM £3,500

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED August 2012

BUILDING WORK TOOK 12 weeks (for shell & main fit-out)

CURRENT VALUE £900,000

When retired couple Chris and Sheila Marwood began their search for a house with plenty of sun and views in Cornwall, they struggled to find something that fitted the bill. “Eventually we decided to look for a plot of land instead,” says Sheila. Although they had never built a house from scratch before, they weren’t complete newcomers to the process. “We’ve altered every property we’ve ever owned and always lived in them while the work was completed,” she adds.

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About Build It

The February edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • A run-down barn transformed in to a stunning contemporary home (page 22) • A beginners guide to self build (page 62) • 8 hot ideas for stoves & fires (page 69) • Create your ideal kitchen with our in-depth guide (page 74) • Get room sizes right (page 96) … and more!