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Built to last

Sharron and David Reetham overcame various challenges in the planning process to create a barn-style new rural home
PHOTOS JEREMY PHILLIPS

Few people can claim to have caught the self-build bug at the age of 16, but that’s exactly what happened to Sharron Reetham. “My parents constructed their own house the year I did my GCSEs”, she says. “I went on all the site visits and watched the whole process, from foundations to the erection of the timber frame.” Sharron found the journey so fascinating that she decided there and then to create her own home one day.

Developing the design

Sharron and her husband David had already built two Potton houses, which they sold on a commercial basis back in 2008. So in 2014, when they decided to create their own home near Lincoln, the couple naturally looked at the firm’s offering again. “We sent the drawings out to several other companies but kept coming back to Potton, and eventually went with them”, says Sharron.

Angled skylight windows introduce extra light into the streamlined contemporary kitchen-diner
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Build It is the UK's most practical magazine for self builders and renovators looking to create their dream home. Here's a sneak peak at what's inside this issue: - Vote for Britain's best home of 2018 - Energy saving windows - How to build your own home for under £200k - Getting the most from your builder - Smart kitchen tech - Front door cost guide ... and more!