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The gym building sits adjacent to the house’s carefully landscaped garden


CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS


ARCHITECT/DESIGNER/


TIMBER FRAME Potton


www.potton.co.uk Visit the Potton show centre – see page 17 for more


DEMOLITION/DRIVEWAY/


HARD LANDSCAPING MB Coles & Sons


www.mbcolesandsons.co.uk


ALARM SYSTEM Excel FSE


www.excelfse.com


HEATING SYSTEM Chelmer Heating Solutions www.chelmerheating.co.uk


KITCHEN


Austin Matthews Design www.austinmatthews.co.uk


SANITARYWARE The Farnham Bathroom Company


www.farnhambathroom.co.uk


products as they could locally, and the grey ‘leathered’ granite worktops came from “10 miles down the road.” They used the same tiles throughout the kitchen/family area and hall, running alternating glazed and matt finish ones in the kitchen/family area, creating a checkerboard effect.


As part of fulfilling their planning consent they had to install 10 per cent renewables, and 75 per cent of the lighting had to be LED or equivalent. They have a smart lighting system installed throughout the house. “The technology was easy to get,” says Peter. “Getting somebody to programme it was a lot harder!” They also installed up/down lighters outside which are computer-controlled so that they switch on automatically based on when the sun sets. The back garden is on two levels, and the couple enlisted the help of a landscape designer to help with basic ideas, although they did all the planting themselves.


THE FINAL OBSTACLE


With the first fix work completed around September 2013, second fix began in October and was completed by March 2014, with Peter and Debbie moving into the house in April. However, unfortunately their journey didn’t end there. “The builders were contracted to dismantle the bungalow,” explains Debbie. “They’d started off great, but by this time, they were doing more property development so we’d find the sub- contractors were being dragged off to do that. So the bungalow stood outside the front door until


20 www.sbhonline.co.uk the following year.”


Eventually Debbie managed to convince a hard landscaping firm to dismantle the building and then do the driveway. They removed the sanitaryware and windows, before pushing the roof through and the walls in, leaving a pile of rubble. “Instead of lorry-loading all that away, they crushed it and made it the foundation for the drive,” Debbie explains. “We recycled the bungalow as far as we could.” They also reinstalled its woodburner in the living room. Challenges Peter and Debbie experienced throughout the project included adhering to Building Regs – “a continuous sticking point”, and the fact that some of the trades “leave you despairing!” But despite the odd frustration, the couple have visions for their next project – and it’s quite a contrast. “It would be glass, steel and concrete,” says Debbie. It would also be smaller – they admit they want to downsize within the next 10 years. “People often ask why we built such a big house,” Debbie says. “The plot lent itself to a family house – it was built as our home, but it was also built as an investment.” 


TILING (WALLS & FLOORS) RAK Ceramics


www.rakceramics.com/uk/en


LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM Household Automation household-automation.co.uk


ENTRANCE & COURTYARD GATES


Village Gate Automation 01483 600286


BUILDING SUPPLIES (BEAM & BLOCK/BRICKS/ ROOF TILES)


Coomers Timber & Building Supplies www.coomers.co.uk


FIREPLACES Finesse Fireplaces


finesselimestonefireplaces.co.uk


CHIMNEY & WOOD BURNING STOVES


Waverley Wood Stoves www.waverleywoodstoves.com


july/august 2018


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