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Perfect match, perfect partners 3

Working with an architect helped Rachael and Anthony Locke realise the true potential of their idyllic, but prickly, woodland plot
The house was built at the bottom of the sloping terrain to lessen road noise
WORDS SOPHIE GALE PHOTOS CAMILLA REYNOLDS

Rachael and Anthony Locke first met when they were teenagers, but it wasn’t until years later that life brought them together again for good. “I kept our letters,” says Rachael. “When I came across them one day I was struck by what a lovely record they were of that time in our lives.” Moved by the happy memories, she decided to get back in touch with Anthony. Each having weathered bereavement and divorce, they were ready to be reunited. They soon knew they wanted to build their lives together – beginning with their dream home. “You could say the process cemented our relationship,” says Rachael. “Agreeing over each step of the way made us realise how well we suit each other.”

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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!