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Designed for life

When David and Lynette Proctor had the opportunity to self-build their own home, they focused on how they wanted to live both now and in the future
The new property features lots of glass to fill the home with daylight, including a glazed gable that looks out onto the sheltered balcony space on the first floor

Wanting to create a bespoke house, David and Lynette Proctor spent two years searching their home county of Cornwall for either a property to renovate or a suitable self-build plot. So when a detached house just 50 yards down the road came onto the market with heaps of potential, they jumped at the opportunity. “It’s always been a dream to build a property exactly as we wanted it,” says David. “We were very happy where we lived and this place had views of both coasts.”

It was apparent that they would need to demolish and rebuild rather than renovate. However, having the chance to start from scratch would allow them to create the forever home they were after – plus the opportunity to reclaim VAT was a massive bonus in favour of this approach. Full of ideas and inspired by advice in magazine articles, David and Lynette took the time to really think about what they wanted from their home. They aimed to create spaces for socialising and leisure time, plus looked to future proof as they were about to retire.

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