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House of light

As they approached retirement, John and Ann Sterry decided the time was right to relocate and create a bright, modern bespoke home in a suitably leafy setting

THE STERRY FILE

NAMES John & Ann Sterry

OCCUPATIONS Retired vets

LOCATION Worcestershire

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Oak frame & structural insulated panels

PLOT SIZE 0.18 acres

LAND COST £185,000

BOUGHT March 2010

HOUSE SIZE 130m2

PROJECT COST £446,056

PROJECT COST PER M2 £3,431

TOTAL COST £631,056

VAT RECLAIM £12,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED October 2012

BUILDING WORK TOOK 48 weeks

After more than four decades living in Bristol, and with retirement approaching, John and Ann Sterry fancied a change. The couple were keen to up sticks and move to a leafy part of Worcestershire – but finding a suitable new home posed something of a challenge. “Our previous house was 300 years old and suffered with all the issues you might associate with a building of that age,” says John, who was keen for their next property to be problem-free. “We looked at various places across the Midlands, but all of them had issues that put us off.”

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!