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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > May 2017 > URBAN OPPORTUNITY


Could this shared garage site provide the ideal spot for the Spalls to create their dream home? Mike Dade examines their options

WHO Ryan and Suzy Spall

WHAT The couple have come across a site that is home to three blocks of garages. Keen to create a new house in a built-up area like this, Mike Dade assesses their best route forward

WHERE Hertfordshire

For some months, Ryan and Suzy Spall have been searching for a plot in a built-up area where they can build a contemporary family home. They like the idea of a low profile house that combines traditional external materials with a modern, flat-roofed design. They recently spotted a garage site that appears to be unused. The plot is well-located, being close to the town centre, yet benefits from its quiet position on a no-through road. With a somewhat random patch of land like this, the major questions are where the Spalls should start their search for information on its potential, and how they can find out whether it’s available to buy.

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The May edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning light-filled contemporary bungalow transformation (page 20) • Discover the right build system for your project (page 60) • Choose a modern front door (page 71) • A complete guide to loft conversions (page 80) • Top tips for your lighting design (page 90) • Common plot issues and how to overcome them (page 97) • Dealing with damp (page 103) … and more!