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It is a traditional style with a great deal of exposed timber, both outside and in





and decided on the Gransden as the basis for our build.” The first step in the build was to get an Ordnance Survey site plan, and get drawings done to assess the street scene. This work was done by MS Ford Associates in Cambridge. Keith and Marion also ensured the neighbours saw and were happy with the plans as they progressed; as a policy, this not only defrayed the chances of objections but actually generated one letter of support to the planners. Getting the plans through was actually very


straightforward, says Keith. His past experience was that constant communication throughout usually pays off, as it did this time, but the ‘fit’ of the design with the row of older homes in the village was a great help. Like all Potton homes, the Gransden is a tim- ber-framed building. It is a traditional style with a great deal of exposed timber, both outside and in. The Wilsons decided – with the assis- tance of Potton’s recommended architect – to go for a double-fronted design with two gables, the first floor rooms contained within the roofspace. “One of the great things about a timber-


framed house is that the interior walls are all stud, so you can adapt the interior to suit,” says Keith. In the event, the Wilsons made nine revi- sions as the design process progressed, includ- ing some changes made during the build. The majority of the contractors were those


recommended by Potton in the hefty self-build manual Potton supplies to customers: “I did shop around for other suppliers but Potton’s seemed to be no more expensive,” admits Keith. “In fact, 90 per cent of our suppliers were brilliant and couldn’t have been more helpful.” Of course, once the bungalow had been removed, Keith and Marion would need some- where to live. They decided to put an ageing two-berth touring caravan in the garden and Keith, ever resourceful, built a makeshift outside loo plumbed into the existing sewer to improve Continued on page 17...


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