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First time lucky

When Leanne and James Duncan self built their new home, time was not on their side to move in before they got married, but an efficient approach meant they finished the project in just over three months

Creag Mohr in rural Aberdeenshire may be Leanne and James Duncan’s first self build project, but they certainly hit the ground running. The couple managed to get the construction phase completed in just over three months – and that’s taking into account the discovery of a tricky rock seam when digging the foundations. “Gregor Davidson, managing director of Cairnrowan Custom Homes, was our main contractor and he personally project managed all elements of the build,” says Leanne. “He was determined to get us into the house before we got married in July 2017, and he did it – the week before the wedding!”

The project began in April 2016 when the couple spotted a plot on a local property website. “I was living in Aberdeen at the time and James was out on the coast; but I was brought up in the countryside, so it was our intention to live in a rural area,” says Leanne. “The site was only a third of an acre, but we knew we wanted lots of space as James was keen to have chickens, goats and other animals. We asked the seller if there was any chance of us buying additional land and we ended up getting an acre. This allowed us to position the new property slightly further away from the neighbouring steading and farmhouse, which offered us and them more privacy.”

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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: - Build It's Self Build Education House - Cladding a timber frame home - Renovating a bungalow - Myth buster: Renewable Tech