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New lease of life

George and Rebekah Burn renovated the coach house positioned on the same plot as their bungalow, to create a stylish, light-filled gem
Rebekah and George wanted to give their charming coach house a contemporary update, whilst respecting the original character of the building
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From the moment George and Rebekah Burn first viewed the property that would eventually become their home, they instantly recognised its potential. Situated on a sun-soaked plot of land in a quaint Hampshire village, the site hosted not one but two buildings – a 1960s bungalow and a charming period coach house. At that time, the latter structure was simply used for storage. “We knew from the start that converting it into living accommodation was a strong possibility,” says George. The couple had one young child, but they were confident that updating their heritage outbuilding would provide the additional living space needed as their young family grew. “George had more of a sense of thinking ahead to plan what we’d need over the coming years,” says Rebekah. “Perhaps the bungalow alone wouldn’t be big enough for us, but we always knew there was potential to develop the coach house that sat just 20 paces away from 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: - Beginners guide to extensions - Energy efficient masonry - Renovating a Victorian house - How to maximise your self build budget - Dealing with planning conditions