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CASE STUDY THREE IN A ROW


Despite settling down in their previous self-build home in a Herefordshire village, the opportunity to build a new one next door was too good to resist for Mark and Sharon Young. Roseanne Field reports


The new four-bedroom house sits next door to the owners’ previous self-build


OPPOSITE


The design combines a timber frame with modern elements


LOW POINT


“The previous house sale falling through, which brought us to a halt.”


All images © Tom Glendinning Photography


lane in the small Herefordshire village of Preston Wynne, just north east of Hereford, is the location of not one but two homes built by Mark and Sharon Young. And this one makes it three in a row for this self- build-crazy couple.


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Their new house sits on a plot adjacent to the last one they built, and is the third ‘ideal home’ they have built, intending to live in. “It kind of takes the ‘once in a lifetime’ away from it a bit!” Mark jokes.


Mark attributes his first foray into the world of self-building to his father, who was a builder. “I have always wanted to our own house, because you can build in value for yourself,” he explains. “It was just something that I could see the vast benefits of – with a lot of hard work.” Mark bought the plot for his first build in 1998, at the age of 30. With a lot of help from his father, they built a home which Mark and his


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family (including 20-year-old Harriet and 18- year-old Henry) lived in for five years, before they built a second house, into which they moved in 2003. “That was a significant project – it was an old cottage,” says Mark. In hindsight, he believes working with an empty site is much easier: “You haven’t got any clearance costs.” After living in the home for 13 years, Mark and Sharon got the itch to tackle a third build, and the acre and a half paddock next door – which they already owned – seemed the perfect site. He explains: “Large plots like this just don’t come up. It was an opportunity too good to miss.”


Mark was surprised to find that getting planning permission was an almost completely hassle-free process. “The previous one had horrendous problems, and it was effectively next door. The planners were difficult over everything,” he says. Mark credits the lack of


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