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LUCKY MOVE

A fortuitous conversation with a sustainability expert encouraged Susanna Geoghegan to go back to the drawing board on her build. The result is a Passivhaus with a pleasing traditional look

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NAME Susanna Geoghegan

OCCUPATION Book publisher

LOCATION Hampshire

TYPE OF PROJECT Self build

STYLE Traditional chalet bungalow

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

PROJECT ROUTE Architect designed, homeowner project managed & hired main contractor, plus individual trades

PROPERTY COST £445,000

BOUGHT 2013

HOUSE SIZE 201m²

PROJECT COST £453,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £2,254

TOTAL COST £898,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED April 2017

BUILDING WORK TOOK Nine months

CURRENT VALUE £900,000

The high-performance Internorm triple-glazed windows are inward opening, tilt-and-turn units with insulated low-maintenance aluminium frames

Susanna Geoghegan spent 20 years determinedly making her way through a variety of renovation projects until she could afford to create her own home from scratch. So, when the moment finally arrived and she had planning permission for a self build in her hand, Susanna surprised herself by totally re-evaluating her style aspirations for the new abode.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Installing underfloor heating - Flooring cost guide - New routes to self build - What are building surveys?