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Close range

Anne and Brian Wildey’s dream plot was hidden in plain sight, as their own garden offered the perfect setting for a new timber frame home that makes the most of beautiful mountain views

It was during a quiet stroll in their garden one summer’s evening that the idea for a self build project first took shape in the minds of retired couple Anne and Brian Wildey. They had recently relocated to the peaceful village of Garway, Herefordshire, near the Welsh border, with no plans to build from scratch. But as they ambled round their 1.3 acres, the old croquet lawn presented an obvious opportunity and inspiration struck.

The patch of land was large and level, plus it faced towards the Black Mountains and was conveniently clear of shrubs and trees.

Anne and Brian were finding their 200-year-old cottage a touch dark and damp, so building a new home off ered a way to stay in the location they loved, while providing the light and space they craved.

The couple found it easy to envisage the new house; they imagined airy, open-plan living spaces with large windows that soaked up the surrounding mountain views. They wanted it to have a traditional feel, with a brick and render facade to remain in-keeping with other properties in the area. It would have a conservatory, solar panels and a wetroom to wash down their golden retriever and new puppy after muddy walks in the countryside. They even knew what they were going to call it: Gardd y Ffin, which means ‘garden on the border’.

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The July edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A modern eco home built for just £77,000 (page 44) • Top flooring options (page 65) • Solar PV & battery storage (page 68) • Sliding doors vs bifolds (page 73) • 10 top tips for self builders (page 101) • Design ideas for awkward plots (page 110) … and more!