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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > Aug 2017 > How to find land with real potential

How to find land with real potential

Mike Dade reveals what it takes to spot a golden self-build or renovation opportunity
This contemporary scheme by Designscape Architects ( replaced a tiredlooking 1950s bungalow. The new dwelling makes the most of the stunning plot with full-height glazing and an exterior materials pallet that blends sensitively into the landscape

Potential is something of a holy grail in property circles. Find it, and you can reap huge rewards. But these opportunities come in many forms and even when you identify one, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can turn that vision into a reality.

What is real potential?

When we use this term while talking about land, what we really mean is unrecognised scope – the chance for the property to be used in a more beneficial way than it is at present (or than whatever use it currently has planning permission for). A plot without consent might have potential for a house, or a site with approval for one home may have space for two.

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The August 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 self-build on a countryside plot (page 20) • 10 way to maximise light and space (page 62) • 7 lightweight cladding options (page 67) • Find out whether triple glazing makes sense (page 79) • How to rewire a period property (page 119) • Discover how to find land with real potential (page 123) … and more!