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Thinking outside the box

When Louise and Mike Forster found the perfect plot of land on a leafy street in Edinburgh, they took an unconventional approach to designing an abode that would meet the needs of their whole family

THE FORSTER FILE

NAMES Louise & Mike Forster

OCCUPATIONS Partner in an international law firm & manager of a software company

LOCATION South west Edinburgh

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame with additional steel supports for larger spans

PLOT SIZE 1,064m2

LAND COST £300,000

BOUGHT 2011

HOUSE SIZE 180m2

PROJECT COST £490,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £2,722

TOTAL COST £790,000

VAT RECLAIM £2,500

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED May 2013

BUILDING WORK TOOK 36 weeks

Mike and Louise Forster’s long-held yen to create their own modern, yet timeless, family home began to take shape in 2011, when they purchased a picturesque plot in south west Edinburgh. The site had originally been part of a 1950s bungalow’s garden, and it provided the perfect opportunity for the couple to bring to life the dwelling they had long envisioned, using traditional materials to develop an attractive contemporary property.

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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!