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Family affair

PHOTOS RICHARD DOWNER

Debbie and Laurence Osborne had long dreamt of extending their 18th century barn by adding a sundrenched garden room, where they could sit and enjoy views of the outdoors. However, due to their property’s grade II listed status, plus its position adjacent to a grade I listed manor house, the couple weren’t optimistic about their chances of obtaining planning permission and listed building consent.

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The January 2020 issue of Build It is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specifying materials. The January 2020 Edition includes: - Future-Proof Your Self Build - Are Woodburning Stoves Really Eco Friendly? - Renovation Design Details - Draught Proofing a Period Home - Planning Secrets: Keeping Your Neighbours Happy - Sound Proofing: How to Create a Quiet Home ... and much more!

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Not only is sound proofing a requirement of Building Regs, it’s a necessity for a quiet and peaceful interior environment, says expert Tim Doherty