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Future-proof LIVING

A derelict bungalow just a few doors down from Flicky and David Ridel’s existing house offered the perfect opportunity to create an adaptable self-build home for life
A green roof has been installed on the garage

David and Flicky Ridel had often discussed the idea of taking on a self-build project. And when they both retired, it seemed like the ideal time to downsize from their large period property and create something more manageable. “Flicky has always wanted me to design a very modern house for us to live in,” says David, an architect by trade. “Our previous place had become too big for us and we wanted a home for life – one that would be energy efficient, easy to maintain, warm and adaptable as we grow older.”

It wasn’t until the couple noticed a dilapidated bungalow standing empty on their street that the wheels were finally set in motion. They bought the property with the intention of knocking it down and rebuilding a contemporary home in its place – potentially a risky move, given the house was sited in a conservation area.

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About Build It

The December edition of Build It magazine is packed with practical advice and inspirational projects to help you make a success of your scheme, including: • A budget-friendly self-build home (page 20) • Underfloor heating vs radiators (page 69) • Getting lighting right (page 77) • 10 steps to self-build design success (page 81) • Does your plot have real potential? (page 96) … and more!