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Searching f o r space

Vincent Haines and Jacqueline Jiang- Haines came up with a striking neo- Georgian-design for their self build home
PHOTOS SARAH GRIGGS

When Vincent Haines and his wife Jacqueline relocated from Kent to Cambridgeshire over a decade ago, the spacious plot surrounding their new home was one of the major draws. In addition to far-reaching views towards the historic city of Ely, the site came with just over 2.4 acres of land, offering plenty of scope for the couple’s self build ambitions to take shape in the future.

Back then, having recently completed an extension project on their house in Kent, the pair weren’t actively looking to move. When a friend called them to let them know about a property with a large plot of land being sold in Cambridgeshire; however, their interest was piqued. “At that point we were searching for schools for our two-year-old daughter, and there were lots of good options in this area,” says Vincent. “Plus, ever since Jacqueline trained as an architect, it’s always been her dream to design and construct her own house.” Fast forward almost 10 years, and the couple were finally ready to bring their self build dreams to fruition.

In the intervening period, Jacqueline had established her own company, Digio Design & Construction, so the pair were in an ideal position to kickstart their project. “When the time was right, we put some fencing around our existing home. We were left with a space of about 2.1 acres with a nice driveway leading down to where the new dwelling would be, at the back of the plot.”

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