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On the edge

Mandy and Tony Slater’s energy-efficient three-storey selfbuild home sits majestically on a sloping plot in Gloucestershire

When an overgrown, steeply sloping plot situated opposite their family home of 25 years came up for sale, Mandy and Tony Slater jumped at the chance to purchase it with the intent of creating an energy-efficient new property from scratch. “We’ve never selfbuilt before, but we always said if the plot of land opposite our house came up for sale that we would buy it”, explains Mandy.

Their offer was quickly accepted but, before they signed off on the sale, they swiftly applied for outline planning permission to ensure something could be built on the site. When it came to developing the final design for detailed planning approval, the couple knew they wanted to create something modern, which would also reflect the local vernacular. What’s more, it needed to be energy efficient. “I had been tinkering with some designs in my head, and the finished house isn’t too far from what I was originally thinking”, says Tony.

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!