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Modern village home

Keen to self-build but eager to stay in the community, Dennis and Maureen Stephens came up with a clever contemporary design for a farmland plot that won over the planners

THE STEPHENS FILE

NAMES Dennis & Maureen Stephens

OCCUPATIONS Retired

LOCATION Hampshire

TYPE OF PROJECT Self-build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

PLOT SIZE 0.25 acres

LAND COST £285,000

BOUGHT March 2015

HOUSE SIZE 184m²

PROJECT COST £295,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,603

TOTAL COST £580,000

VAT RECLAIM £12,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED April 2015

BUILDING WORK TOOK 28 weeks

CURRENT VALUE £850,000

After 12 years living in a traditional cottage in the picturesque village of Houghton, Dennis and Maureen Stephens were ready for a change – so they decided that the time was right to take on the challenge of a self-build project. The couple are active members of the local community and were therefore keen to stay as close to home as possible, so they kept their search for a potential plot within the village boundaries.

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About Build It

The September edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self-build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • Britain's best self-builds and renovations (page 19) • A contemporary, low-maintenance home (page 30) • Prefab homes: The future of self-build? (page 70) • Why underfloor heating makes sense for renovations (page 73) • How to create the perfect kitchen-diner extension (page 94) • How to get value for money (page 106) … and more!