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CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS


STAIRS Stairbox


www.stairbox.com


OVENS & HOB Baumatic


www.baumatic.co.uk


COOKER HOOD Hotpoint


www.hotpoint.co.uk


FRIDGE FREEZER Samsung


www.samsung.com/uk/ refrigerators


KITCHEN UNITS


Howdens Kitchens www.howdens.com


TIMBER FRAME CONSTRUCTION


Plane Carpentry, Worthing 01903 201631


BUILDING MATERIALS


Jewsons Crawley www.jewson.co.uk


ROOFING MATERIALS Raven Roofing


ravenroofingsupplies.co.uk EXTERNAL


WEATHERBOARDING Southern Sheeting


www.southernsheeting.co.uk


INSULATION BOARDS & PLASTERBOARDS


Total Building Materials totalbuildingmaterials.co.uk


PLUMBING SUPPLIES HPS Heating and Plumbing Supplies


www.hpsmerchant.co.uk


MISCELLANEOUS Wickes; Screwfix; Tool Station


www.wickes.co.uk www.screwfix.com www.toolstation.com


january/february 2018


The couple do a lot of entertaining which had a big impact on the internal layout. “Initially we wanted to have a through-lounge, but the drainage wouldn’t allow for us to put the toilet on the other side,” explains Nick. “But actually it’s done us a favour because we like having a separate lounge to relax in.” They’ve installed PVC skirting boards throughout the entire house. “We tried to use some new, innovative ideas,” says Mark. The downstairs is heated by an unusual type of underfloor heating which is surrounded by aluminium plates that slot into the suspended floor, as opposed to being installed in a screed. The upstairs, which includes the main bathroom plus the five bedrooms – two of which are en suite – is heated by the combi boiler, which also provides their hot water. The couple use one of the bedrooms as an office for their entertainment business.


A lot of their interior design ideas and furniture were inspired by and sourced from far- flung places they have visited with work. “We were lucky that way,” says Mark. “A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to travel and get things from all four corners of the world.”


MAKING IT WORK


Although there were inevitably moments throughout the project when they felt overwhelmed, Nick and Mark managed to stay positive and keep going. “It is really tough, but once you’ve started there’s no going back,” says


Nick. “You just have to keep going forward, you’ve got no choice because you’re living in a building site!”


Their job requires them to take annual flying exams, and Mark was also learning to drive, meaning a lot of studying had to be worked in to the schedule. They put the success of their project largely down to their support for each other during the particularly challenging times. “You have to take the pressure off each other,” says Mark, adding, “you’ve got to become a unit.” The couple also made sure they put time aside every week to have a ‘date night’ to get away from the project. “It was our release, just to go out for a couple of hours and not talk about the house,” Mark says.


Despite the many challenges they faced, they realise they were lessened by having knowledgeable parents on hand to help. “We were lucky we had the guidance of my mum and dad,” Nick says. “It really was a family affair that has got us to where we are,” adds Mark. The project has been a labour of love, but satisfying: “It’s been horrendous, but in a good way!” says Mark – and they’re proud of what they’ve achieved, particularly given the money available. “It is achievable on a budget with the right determination,” Nick stresses. While they still have a few bits to finish with the house – which they’ll tackle alongside planning their wedding – they already have plans to have another go in a few years: “We will do another one,” Mark says confidently. 


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