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What is the main motivation for self building? Is it the chance to get that perfect family home? Could it be a stepping stone to making money as a small-time developer? Or is it a way to obtain a cheap property when everything else is unaffordable?

I come across all of these reasons for creating your own house, but if I’m honest, it’s the first of these that floats my boat. Despite my position as a self build consultant, I’ve only ever created one dwelling for myself and the family – all the rest of the projects I’ve been involved with have been for others. I do get asked why I haven’t done it again, and there’s a simple answer: I don’t need to.

My goal was to establish the perfect family abode for us; a place we could call home after years of moving around with the RAF and somewhere our children could say they were from. That’s exactly what we did. While our house might not be everyone’s idea of perfection, it’s just right for us. We love it and it would take a lot to make us move, because our house is tailor-made to suit our lifestyle.

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