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An oak frame masterpiece

Richard and Pamela Pearse have self built a characterful contemporary home, nestled in the Worcestershire countryside

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Creating a home from scratch had never been on the radar for Richard and Pamela Pearse. After constructing a characterful oak frame garden room as an extension to their current house, however, it wasn’t long before the couple got the urge to tackle a bigger project. They soon realised that they might already own the perfect patch of land to take the scheme to the next stage. “Our garden was originally surrounded by leylandiis, and they were so overpowering”, says Pamela. “It wasn’t until we’d cleared all of them that we thought we might have the ideal building plot right on our doorstep.”

The couple’s plans were temporarily put on hold when Richard unfortunately suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Canada – but not for long. “He took a couple of months off to recover and was looking for things to do”, says Pamela. “He began fiddling around with plans, and everything followed on from there.”

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!