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selfbuilder +homemaker


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selfbuilder +homemaker


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OF THE BEST TIPS ON


ACOUSTICS Silence is golden, so reduce unwanted noise wherever you can – this month’s Ask the Expert gives you the knowhow


How to get the


Downton look Tony Pell and Sarah Latham on why and how to achieve a convincing period finish for your home


Victorian revival


Turning a neglected terrace into an enviable home


A dramatic second act


Working in the film business was nothing


compared with the drama of Amber Valentine and Howard Reay’s self-build


Cover image © Bisca See page 54


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EDITOR’S LETTER S


wings and roundabouts. While we are seeing more self-build plots coming through and being built on – supported by the Right to Build Task Force – the story opposite regarding Redrow trying to pull the plug on self- and custom-builds on a York site raises wider concerns.


While the developer may be right in saying that most self-builders might not choose a large new housing estate as the ideal place to build, we do not live in an ideal world. This is shown by the fact that while it’s tough building your home, often it seems far tougher just getting to the stage of digging the


foundations. This is of course in part due to the scramble to get permission on the right sites in our space-constrained country, and the associated administrative hoops to jump through.


If a developer is able to adjudicate that allocations for self-builds can lead to underdevelopment, unwanted diversification of build style, and even “anti-social behaviour,” then this bodes ill for future similar schemes. Let’s hope that an open mind is applied here to the possibility that self- and custom-build can enhance the value of such sites, so avoiding the accusation that companies may be trying to maximise profit at any cost to the wider community.


We hope you enjoy this issue, in particular an extraordinary house we visited, on page 20. It demonstrates what you can achieve if you stick to your guns, whatever your build throws at you.


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