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Firmly grounded

Steve and Janet McCurdy’s Border Oak house is not their first oak frame self build – but this home exactly suits their needs and lifestyle for today, as well as looking to the future

THE McCURDY FILE

NAMES Steve & Janet McCurdy

OCCUPATIONS Managing director of tree nursery & teacher

LOCATION Near St Albans, Herts

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Traditional

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Oak frame & structural insulated panels (SIPs)

PLOT SIZE 0.375 acres

LAND COST Around £250,000 (part of a larger sale)

BOUGHT August 2012

HOUSE SIZE 283m2

PROJECT COST £649,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £2,293

TOTAL COST £899,000

VAT RECLAIM £18,200

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED March 2014

BUILDING WORK TOOK Nine months

CURRENT VALUE £1.2m

The Shaker-style solid oak kitchen from Celfiderw Oakencraft features easyopening drawers with pewter handles
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Build It magazine’s November issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning eco renovation (page 54) • How to get loft conversions right (page 64) • What you need to know about insulating your home (page 70) • 10 design tips for wetrooms (page 85) • Save money by getting your project budget right (page 100) • How to get planning permission in the countryside (page 106) … and more!
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