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Following a pattern

Cheryl Hitchcock and Dudley Thompson turned to Passivhaus principles when creating their highly energy efficient and economical home in Cumbria
The local planners wanted the house to include Cumbrian stone, but Cheryl and Dudley were reluctant to use it as a complete cladding system, so they compromised by including it on the porch and garden walls

THE HITCHCOCK & THOMPSON FILE

NAMES Dudley Thompson & Cheryl Hitchcock

OCCUPATIONS Technical authors

LOCATION Cumbria

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Traditional

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

PLOT SIZE 353m²

LAND COST £77,400

BOUGHT 2013

HOUSE SIZE 142m²

PROJECT COST £271,019

PROJECT COST PER M2 £1,909

TOTAL COST £348,419

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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!