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A family affair

Brian and Donna Gavin worked with their son Stefan to design and build a low energy SIPs house suitable for their retirement
Avobe and inset: The SIPs structure was clad in oak and through-coloured render for a low maintenance finish. The covering features slateeffect roof tiles. Large sections of glazing ensure rooms are flooded with light
PHOTOS ANDREW WALL

Brian and Donna Gavin built their first dwelling when they were in their thirties, and recently completed their latest self build while in their late sixties.The couple were keen to design a home suitable for their retirement and were excited by the prospect of another project.

“A large development of new houses was being erected on fields behind my parent’s home, and the builder had considered buying their dormer bungalow as it offered good access onto the site”, says Stefan, who worked on the design and project managed. “Selling the dwelling would’ve allowed them to construct a new home elsewhere and start a new chapter in their lives.They were disappointed to find out that the developer no longer needed their plot.”

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Build It magazine's new September 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Top tips to save you £10,000s on your home building project - How to get real value for money from your builder - Are SIPs sustainable? - Design ideas for a better, healthier home - Make your home water efficient - Choosing the right windows for a heritage property ... and more!