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Building a house in just seven weeks

With limited time to manage a complex construction project, the Easters opted for a turnkey package route to complete their new countryside home on time and on budget

For Jon and Yvonne Easter, self building offered the perfect opportunity to escape the urban rat race of Stockport in favour of a more tranquil way of life in rural Shropshire.

After 25 years of marriage, and with their children now fully grown, the move would be the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition. The couple had considered relocating a few years earlier, but market conditions had made selling their existing home difficult – it wasn’t until 2015 that they decided the time was right to make the change.

Browsing for suitable plots, they found a site near Shrewsbury that seemed ideal for their requirements. With the land identified and a price negotiated, they had to move quickly. Thankfully things worked in their favour this time round, as their house sold in just two days.

“We found the plot on Rightmove,” says John. “We were after something peaceful, with idyllic views, but it needed good road access, as my job in civil engineering takes me around the country.”

”I was surprised at just how quickly the house went up. Every time we saw it, things had noticeably progressed “

Picking a build route

Jon and Yvonne were keen to complete their construction project swiftly, so they decided on a turnkey route. This approach means the design, materials supply and much of the construction work is all taken care of by a single company. The Easters chose to appoint Dan- Wood as their project partner, allowing them to select an off-theshelf house plan – they picked the Classic 184E – which could then be tweaked to suit their individual living requirements.

The rear of the property includes a patio area and first floor balcony overlooking the beautiful countryside views
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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: - Adding space & value to your period home - 10 must-see timber frame homes - The benefits of serviced plots for self builders - Stylish stoves & fireplaces