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The house looks practically invisible from the roadside, with only a small proportion visible at street level. The Laings find that visitors seem surprised when the house reveals itself as they enter the front door. “The property can’t be seen from the rear, meaning it’s not overlooked”, says Andrew. “Since we built into the hillside, nestling among the river, trees and hills in the background, it’s incredibly quiet. Although we’re only four miles or so from the centre of Edinburgh, we feel like we’re living in the countryside – it really does feel like the best of both worlds.”

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!