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Karen and Ian Henderson’s fabric-first property in the Scottish Borders is ultra energy efficient – and choosing a hands-on approach, taking on some of the jobs and project managing, means they’ve achieved great value for money, too

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NAMES Karen & Ian Henderson

OCCUPATIONS Teacher & JCB contractor

LOCATION Melrose, Scottish Borders

TYPE OF PROJECT Self-build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Blockwork

PROJECT ROUTE Self managed

PLOT SIZE 1 acre (with a further 6 acres of land)

LAND COST £200,000

HOUSE SIZE 143m²

PROJECT COST £199,300

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,394

TOTAL COST £399,300

VAT RECLAIM £14,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED July 2014

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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)