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Traditional style

After years of searching for a self build opportunity, Nick and Sue Price realised their dream home on an idyllic plot in Hampshire

Nick and Sue Price had dreamt of building their own home for 15 years before they finally found the perfect plot to transform their vision into reality. During that time they lived in a modern property in a commuter village in Hampshire. “It was very convenient for family life,” says Sue. “It was great that the children could walk to school and cycle around the village to meet up with their friends. When they grew up and left home we wanted something a little more rural in a quieter situation, and with a garden that wasn’t overlooked.”

Having lived in Hampshire for 25 years, the couple were keen to stay in the same area, so looked within a 30 mile radius of Alton. They kept their eyes and ears open for a suitable site, but experienced two unsuccessful bids for plots as they weren’t able to sell their existing house quickly enough. “We realised, through bitter experience, that the only way that we were going to get our hands on a suitable plot was to be in a position to move swiftly,” says Nick.

Fortunately, the ideal self build plot soon presented itself: a twobed bungalow set within two acres of flat land with planning consent for a replacement dwelling. The permission was for a six-bedroom townhouse and a three-car garage with accommodation above. This was larger than Nick and Sue wanted and wasn’t a style they were keen on. Therefore, they decided to put in a new planning application for something that was better suited to their requirements.

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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!