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Playing the waiting game

After 10 years of failed planning applications to remodel their old cottage, John and Sue Lawson were ready to move on – only to discover that starting from scratch could give them the opportunity to create their ideal oak frame home

THE LAWSON FILE

NAMES John & Sue Lawson

OCCUPATIONS Retired

LOCATION Cheshire

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary farmhouse

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Oak frame

PLOT SIZE Six acres

LAND COST £390,000 (incl. original cottage)

BOUGHT 1999

HOUSE SIZE 340m2

PROJECT COST £922,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £2,712

TOTAL COST £1,312,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED April 2011

BUILDING WORK TOOK 15 months

CURRENT VALUE £1,600,000

John and Sue Lawson bought a small cottage in a Cheshire village back in 1999, with a view to doing it up. “The property had originally been a one-up, one-down,” says John. “It was built against the rear boundary of the main plot, with a large front garden but no space at the back, and had been poorly extended by previous owners using various types of brick.”

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The March edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A traditional timber frame house on a quiet Hampshire plot (page 22) • How to build an oak frame home on a budget (page 68) • What you need to know about underfloor heating (page 75) • Windows for renovations (page 78) • How to combine renewables (page 86) • Adding wow factor (page 92) • Common renovation mistakes (page 104) … and more!
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