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As retirement beckoned, Margaret Laird and Roger Gibbins embarked on a project to self build a sustainable home on the fringes of a golf course

Margaret Laird and Roger Gibbins had spent many happy years in their home in the West Highlands, but as their work commitments eased off and they were able to spend more time outdoors, the couple made the decision to relocate to Morayshire, which is an area to the north of Inverness on Scotland’s east coast.

The idea of building their own home was one that had evolved over time. “We have a good friend who built his place in Ireland and that was a source of inspiration for us”, says Roger. “Also, I attended a rural building conference and began to get interested in modern, ecological construction methods.” As for their choice of location, “the Morayshire climate and soil conditions were ideal for Roger, who is a keen organic gardener”, says Margaret.

It was on a drive around their preferred area that the couple came across a particularly stunning new property. The signpost outside indicated it had been done by a design and build practice called Makar, which is headed up by architect Neil Sutherland. “We arranged a meeting with Makar architect Scott Reid and it was clear from the outset that they were right for our project”, says Roger.

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Plan, design and build your dream home with practical advice and inspiration from Build It magazine. Highlights in this month's issue include: - Design Secrets to Win Over the Planners - Home Extension Costs - How to Find a Project with Renovation Potential - Building Contracts: Why You Need One - Buyer's Guide to Sliding Doors - Outdoor Living Ideas - Build It magazine's own Real Life Self Build ... and more!