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Thinking outside the box

Having made a career developing properties for other people to enjoy, Anthony and Teresa relished the opportunity to use everything they’ve learnt to create a dream home for themselves
PHOTOS CHRIS SNOOK

FACT FILE

NAMES Anthony & Teresa Ralph

OCCUPATIONS Developers

LOCATION Kent

TYPE OF PROJECT Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

PROJECT ROUTE Employed architect & homeowners project managed

PLOT SIZE 896m²

LAND COST £287,000

BOUGHT 2015

HOUSE SIZE 356m² (incl. 44m² office/annex)

PROJECT COST £519,675

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,460

TOTAL COST £806,675

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED January 2016

BUILDING WORK TOOK 17 weeks

CURRENT VALUE £1,200,000

As a property development team, Teresa and Anthony Ralph are no strangers to moving home, as they have updated and built new houses together many times over the years. “We relocated from one renovation to another regularly,” says Teresa. “It’s always exciting to complete a project, but after many years we both began yearning to put down some roots.”

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The latest issue of Build It, Britian's first magazine for self builders and renovators, is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specificying materials. In the June 2019 edition: - Build It's Self Build Education House: We're building next door to Grand Designs The Street! - Complete guide to planning success - Cost-saving secrets for home renovations - Extension cost guide - Roofs: Repair or replace - Building an oak home ... and much more!