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Out with the old

Dreaming of creating a green home with low running costs, Simon and Jill Page replaced their 1920s bungalow with a thermallyefficient new build

Simon Page and Jill Goodbun had lived in their 1920s bungalow for over two decades when they decided to take the plunge and self-build a bespoke new home in its place. Having recently retired, the couple wanted a thermally-efficient, future-proof abode they’d be able to enjoy for years to come. “The original property was coming close to the end of its useful life”, says Simon. “With single skin walls and very little insulation, it wasn’t a cheap house to run.”

When they purchased the bungalow for £120,000 in 1992, the couple were attracted to the large plot, as it provided plenty of space for Simon to build his own workshop to the rear of the property.

Moving the entire contents of this outbuilding to another location wasn’t something the pair wanted to do. “We also love living in St Albans”, says Jill. “It’s such a convenient location for travelling to other parts of the country for car races, which Simon loves.”

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!