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Community Spirit

Saira Renny and George Carr have made the most of a spectacular beach setting on the Isle of Eigg with their new energy efficient, sustainable house. The couple’s first self build came in at an impressive £77,000 thanks to a little help from their friends

THE RENNY & CARR FILE

NAMES Saira Renny & George Carr

OCCUPATIONS Farmers & holiday home owners

LOCATION Isle of Eigg

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame

HOUSE SIZE 50m²

PROJECT COST £77,000

PROJECT COST PER M2

£1,540

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED

January 2015

BUILDING WORK TOOK

16 months

The Hebridean Isle of Eigg is famous for its dramatic views of sunrises and sunsets overlooking the nearby Isles of Rum and Skye to the northwest, and across towards the Ardnamurchan Peninsula to the southeast. When island farmers Saira Renny and George Carr decided to tackle their first self build project, the venture wasn’t without its challenges. But the participation of many of their friends and neighbours (only 100 or so people live on this small Scottish island, which was bought by the residents around 20 years ago) meant it has become something that the whole community can celebrate.

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The July edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A modern eco home built for just £77,000 (page 44) • Top flooring options (page 65) • Solar PV & battery storage (page 68) • Sliding doors vs bifolds (page 73) • 10 top tips for self builders (page 101) • Design ideas for awkward plots (page 110) … and more!