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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > January 2019 > Digging deep

Digging deep

When Rob Hall’s dreams of building a unique coastal home hit an unexpected snag, lateral thinking was the only answer

Tenacious developer Rob Hall and his partner Cecilie Jacobsen had their hearts set on creating a three-storey family home in an idyllic coastal village in West Sussex.

When their plans were refused, they came up with an ambitious solution: to build down instead of up. The result is Bosham’s first new house with a basement; quite an achievement, considering the plot is located just 50 metres from the water’s edge and the pair faced vociferous local opposition to the original plans.

Back in 2014, the couple and their four children were renting and keeping a close eye on the property market, with a view to self building. Rob is skilled in this field, having constructed his first house 10 years ago. In fact, he found the experience so rewarding, that he started his own construction company, and has since worked on a dozen properties for clients. “I was itching to create another lovely home for my own family,” he says.

Neutral tones complement the oak staircase in the double height hallway

”We’re so glad we overcame all the technical challenges and local opposition to create a spacious contemporary home in a magical spot “

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Adding space & value to your period home - 10 must-see timber frame homes - The benefits of serviced plots for self builders - Stylish stoves & fireplaces