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Out of the ordinary

Kevin and Emma Kniveton’s vernacular cottage is anything but traditional, as their self-build has brought passive house design to the Isle of Man, and could help to kickstart many more projects like it

THE KNIVETON FILE

NAMES Kevin & Emma Kniveton

OCCUPATIONS Electrical engineer & banker

LOCATION Isle of Man

TYPE OF PROJECT Self-build

STYLE Traditional

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

PLOT SIZE 1,038m²

LAND COST £100,000

HOUSE SIZE 212m²

PROJECT COST £240,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,132

TOTAL COST £340,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED September 2014

BUILDING WORK TOOK 40 weeks

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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!