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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > January 2019 > ROAMING FREE


Mandi and Tim Horwood have reconfigured their 1960s bungalow, perched on the side of Gloucestershire’s leafy Slad Valley, to give it a c ontemporary facelift

When Mandi and Tim Horwood decided to take early retirement, they were living in a traditional, Cornish cob-built cottage dating back to the 1850s. It sat on the hills above St Agnes with views of the North Cornish coast, seven acres, stabling and an equine arena. “We enjoyed living in Cornwall, but I was retiring from teaching and competing horses, which gave us more freedom to visit friends and family further afield and to travel,” says Mandi.

Following the sale of their home, an eight-month property search ensued to find somewhere with potential for renovation.

Looking between Cornwall and West Sussex, they spotted a bungalow with a small loft conversion in the Slad Valley, Gloucestershire. The location and views were the biggest selling point, plus, having been extended in the 1990s, it had potential for further change. “It had a hotchpotch of small rooms and corridors that could be adapted to create our ideal house,” says Mandi.

They had gleaned some prior building project knowledge from demolishing a small barn beside their cottage in Cornwall and replacing it with a carport, which included a guest bedroom and bathroom above. But this was going to be a bigger project, so to reassure themselves they were making the right choice and guard against any hidden pitfalls, they took a builder friend along to view it.

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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