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memorial on the wall with ‘Imagine’ printed at its centre, functioning as the house’s nameplate. As per the couple’s request, upon entering, it is possible to see right through to the garden. To the left is a bicycle storage area and toilet, on the right is a small study. At the rear is a large open plan kitchen/living/dining area. Downstairs is the semi-basement, home to a utility room, playroom and home cinema, complete with a pool table and, continuing the theme, a huge Beatles mural. The sunken terrace provides the space with natural light. The first floor houses five bedrooms, including their two children’s rooms which are almost identically sized – another of the Youngs’ requests. “They’re within about a centimetre of each other!” Mrs Young says. Each of these has its own bathroom, with a third serving the other two guest bedrooms. They also ensured that plenty of built-in storage was provided throughout.


The couple had a clear idea of they wanted when it came to the overall layout. They praise Baufritz’s flexibility, down to offering three different ceiling heights as standard. They also report that they found more than enough choice within their range of designs, displayed in the various show houses and room mock-ups at firm’s German offices – including a bathroom with moveable walls. This made making decisions relatively stress-free, says Mrs Young: “You can pick within the ranges quite happily.” In total the build and internal fit out took just five months and the house was ready to move in


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Three days later, the four-storey house including a basement and attic space was up and watertight


to. “Right at the beginning of the build you get a schedule telling you all the different dates,” explains Mrs Young. “You get a date when you’re going to get the key, and actually we got it a day early!” The project went so smoothly that the house was built and the family moved in before one of their neighbours had finished a kitchen extension started around the same time. Since moving in the couple have had no issues with the home, and love living there. A couple of small cracks appeared after a few months – as is normal with a new build – but as part of Baufritz’s offering staff were returned to touch up and repaint. “We’re totally happy,” Mrs Young says. She credits part of this feel-good factor to the timber and other materials used: “Their houses just have a real sense of calm, which I think comes from the materials,” she explains. They have discussed the possibility of doing another build one day, but for now they’re very much settled. “We’ve toyed with the idea of doing it again,” Mrs Young says. “But I can’t see us ever moving from here, it’s got everything that we’ve ever wanted.” 


CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS


WINDOWS


Fensterbau Böck www.fensterbau-boeck.de


TILES


Böhme & Mehnert +49 174 5289073


SANITARYWARE


Hansgrohe; Viega; Geberit www.hansgrohe.co.uk www.viega.com/en www.geberit.co.uk/en


HEATING CYLINDER


Vaillant www.vaillant.co.uk


Installed by: Schmidt Heizungsbau www.schmidt-heizungsbau- gmbh.de


september/october 2018


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