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The hard-earned house

Perseverance, patience and a lot of graft were key to the success of Mark and Jane Caterer’s stylish self-build – a romantic holiday retreat on a stunning Cornish sea-view plot
The stepped garden landscaping features traditional dry stone walls and flourishing subtropical planting

Achange of career was the catalyst for Jane and Mark Caterer’s relocation to the south west of England. The London company they worked for, and were equity partners in, was sold in 2015, prompting them to leave their roles in financial services and seek a new life. “Jane had lived in Newlyn, close to Penzance, about 15 years ago. It was really about coming back to Cornwall for her,” says Mark.

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NAMES Mark & Jane Caterer

OCCUPATIONS Company owners

LOCATION Cornwall

TYPE OF PROJECT Self-build (plus renovation of granite studio)

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

PROJECT ROUTE Self-managed

PLOT SIZE 500m2

LAND COST £252,000

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In the May edition of Build It magazine, you'll find a wealth of inspiration and advice for your self-build, renovation or extension project, including: - Cover house: A traditional-style new home on a garden plot (p20) - Kitchen design ideas (p72) - Does solar battery storage make sense? (p74) - Driveway design ideas (p80) - Complete guide to loft conversions (p 84) - Modern glazed extensions (p98) - How to keep your project on budget (p110)