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Planning ahead

Jackie and Darren Brooke replaced an uninspiring 1930s house with an unashamedly modern glass and stone dwelling, with the full support of their forward-thinking neighbours

THE BROOKE FILE

NAMES Jackie & Darren Brooke

OCCUPATIONS Housewife & construction company owner

LOCATION Yorkshire

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Block & stone

PLOT SIZE 0.5 acres

PROPERTY COST £320,000

BOUGHT 2011

HOUSE SIZE 502m²

PROJECT COST £500,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £990

TOTAL COST £820,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED July 2013

BUILDING WORK TOOK 14 months

CURRENT VALUE £1,250,000

Jackie and Darren Brooke were no strangers to construction when they set about building their current home: Darren is in the industry, and the couple had taken on projects before. They weren’t planning to move from their Georgian-style self build when they spotted a 1930s house for sale in a semi-rural part of West Yorkshire. The dwelling wasn’t to their taste and the interior was basic, but the views at the rear were jaw-dropping, as they framed wide views of open fields sloping up to woodland. This vista also held nostalgic value, as it overlooked a patch of land where Darren used to play as a child. “I rang the seller to make an appointment at 10am and by 5pm we had agreed to buy it,” he says.

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!