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This bespoke four-bedroom family home located in Northumberland is the work of Elliot Architects. The property’s sloping ground meant the designers had to forego conventional house layouts and build a home sympathetic to the setting – with variations in the floor levels responding to the site. The plot posed further restrictions as services ran straight through it.

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Get the advice and inspiration you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget with the March edition of Build It, including: - How to get more for your money - Is gas central heating energy efficient? - Getting sunroom extensions right - Ultimate guide to garage conversions - Do you need an architect? ... and more!

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