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Against the odds

Having struggled to find a suitable plot in their ideal location, Sue and Fred Dow realised that the best solution was to purchase a house, knock it down and rebuild their dream home in its place
The exterior larch cladding will develop an attractive silver patina over time

Finding the right plot at the right price and in the right place is the first major hurdle for most self builders, especially in attractive rural counties like Cornwall. As a result, many realise the benefits of buying an existing house in their ideal location in order to knock it down and build in its place. However, this route can bring various risks and challenges, as Fred and Sue Dow discovered on their journey to achieving their perfect property.

An opportunity

With their future retirement in mind, the couple decided to take the plunge and relocate from their home in Brighton to the Cornish countryside. Backed by the experience of several renovation projects, the pair’s plan was to build a bespoke dwelling designed around their priorities of low maintenance and low running costs. But the dream hit a hard landing when they realised prices in their desired area have sky rocketed in recent years; most land and buildings suitable for conversion came at a premium. Undeterred, Fred and Sue scoured the internet for something that fit their requirements.

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The May 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 stunning light-filled contemporary bungalow transformation (page 20) • Discover the right build system for your project (page 60) • Choose a modern front door (page 71) • A complete guide to loft conversions (page 80) • Top tips for your lighting design (page 90) • Common plot issues and how to overcome them (page 97) • Dealing with damp (page 103) … and more!
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