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Gordon and Aileen Spink decided to take on their second self build adventure after their children left home, creating an impressive light-filled home on a tight budget

It was 12 years ago that Gordon and Aileen Spink paired up with their good friends the Voigts to invest in a large plot. Home to several derelict buildings, the land was ripe for development. Together they gained permission to create six new dwellings; but the added boon of this venture was that Heinz Voigt is an architectural designer and his son, Jon, is a builder.

Utilising their friends’ skills, the Spinks self built a new home for themselves straight away. Over time, the Voigts built four other houses – one for Heinz and his wife, one for Jon, another for their other child and one more, which they decided to sell. Having thoroughly enjoyed their first project, years later – after Gordon and Aileen’s children had grown up and left home – the Spinks decided to build the final allocated house on the large plot, once again employing Heinz as the architect and Jon as the builder.

The island unit is edged by a wooden breakfast bar, adding a restful spot in the open-plan zone, along with offering views out through the bifold doors
A small pitched roof allows for a covered entrance that visually repeats the larger roof mass of the main house
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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!