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Building to a budget

Kevin O’Mahony has had his fair share of setbacks during his self build journey, but the end result is an award-winning contemporary home that is perfect for his needs

Experienced self builder Kevin O’Mahony’s latest project has proved something of a rollercoaster, but he’s come through smiling in the end. Despite not being everyone’s idea of fun, and the fact that it left him sitting in hospital with two broken fingers, he says the final result has been well worth the stress. “You work for as long as you can and then you’re so tired you can’t get up from the chair,” says Kevin.

It started as an impulse buy. Kevin was in the process of selling his own property to downsize, so he was keeping an eye on the market; the idea being that proceeds from the sale would cover the purchase and kick-start building work. There wasn’t a lot out there, so he committed to buying a derelict stone cottage with a large overgrown garden that would provide enough land for a double plot when demolished. “At £155,000, I think I paid too much for it,” says Kevin. “It had been empty for about 20 years and the timbers were rotten.”

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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: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land