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It was more cost-effective to have a mix of one bifold door (pictured right) and sliding glass doors elsewhere


take longer.”


The house was more or less ready for the family to move into in September 2017, although it took until July 2018 to be fully finished. Mark admits that ideally they would have left it longer before moving in, but were trying to sell the previous project. Completing on their former home proved to be difficult. They were relying on the money raised from the sale to finish the current project, and so in April 2017 – once the scaffolding had been taken down from the new house – they put it on the market. It was at this point that they faced a big snag: “It sold within the first week – and then fell through,” Mark explains. “It had a negative effect on the finances.”


Other than this delay, Mark says there weren’t november/december 2018


any major problems, which he credits to his and Sharon’s previous experience. “I know where things are likely to go wrong,” he says.


A MODERN BLEND


The couple had a fairly clear idea of what they wanted the house to look like, and wanted a contrast with their previous home. “The last one was a traditional oak frame and this time, we wanted a more modern building with a slate roof and aluminium windows,” he explains. They also wanted to install sustainable features; a 6,500 litre rainwater harvesting tank captures rainwater, which is then used to flush the toilets, as well as feeding the washing machine and an outside tap. Harvesting water is something Mark feels passionately about. “It


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