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A perfect fit

Built into a sloping site, Chris and Anthea Desyllas’ three storey home has been designed to slot unobtrusively into the topography of the land and make the most of the pleasant forest views

THE DESYLLAS FILE

NAMES Chris & Anthea Desyllas

OCCUPATIONS Semi-retired

LOCATION Essex

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Steel frame, timber frame & brick and block

PLOT SIZE 688m²

LAND COST £516,000

BOUGHT 2013

HOUSE SIZE 300m²

PROJECT COST £1,000,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £3,333

TOTAL COST £1,516,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED January 2014

BUILDING WORK TOOK 60 weeks

CURRENT VALUE £1,700,000

The open-plan ground floor is flooded with natural light thanks to full height glazing, which stretches across the entire side of this storey
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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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