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In their element

Keen sailors Colin and Elaine Frier were very familiar with the Scottish coastline, so it’s no surprise they decided to build their home in a wonderful seaside location, in a style that’s inspired by ancient longhouses

For years, Colin Frier had nursed a longing to build his own home. With a career spent in the construction industry, first as a quantity surveyor and then as an acoustic consultant, he had decades of experience to draw on, but it was only when approaching retirement that he felt it was time to take action.

Colin and his wife Elaine lived in the coastal town of Helensburgh near Glasgow, but they wanted to find the right building plot, complete with a captivating view, somewhere in the Argyll region of the south-west Highlands. “We have a boat and have enjoyed sailing round Scotland for many years, so we knew we wanted to find somewhere between Tarbert and Oban,” says Colin.

The search is on

Finding a suitable site wasn’t easy. At one point Colin went to see an existing house that was up for sale in a good location. “I quickly came to the conclusion that I would have to demolish it and start from scratch. Given that it was on the market for off ers over £200,000, that added up to an expensive building plot,” he says.

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Make 2018 your year to self-build with Build It's latest advice and inspiration-packed edition! This month's issue includes: - 32 must-read tips for your project - Expert guide to planning success - The secret to a characterful renovation - How to buy the right bricks - Design ideas: windows & glazing - Reinstating an old fireplace ...and more!