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BATHROOMS / TAPS Signature Interiors; Lusso Stone; Kudos shower screens


OAK FRAMING (AESTHETIC) Border Oak


WINDOWS AND BIFOLD


AND SLIDING DOORS Velfac


BATHROOM & FLOOR TILES Mandarin Stone


SHOWERS GROHE


WOODBURNER Reiss, via Signature Interiors


PATIO SLABS Mandarin Stone KITCHEN


Nolte, via Signature interiors ROOF


Cupa R12 Spanish slates via Tudors Roofing Supplies


INTERNAL OAK DOORS Magnet Joinery


EUROPEAN OAK SKIRTING


& ARCHITRAVE – BESPOKE GJ Williams & Sons


UNDERFLOOR HEATING Myson, via Grahams Plumbing Supplies


BOILERS Worcester Bosch


ENGINEERED OAK FLOORING


Lionvest Trading


INTEGRATED HOOVER SYSTEM


Centralvacuumsolutions.co.uk


ELECTRICS AND LIGHTING Worcester Electrical


BUILDING MATERIALS Jewsons; Travis Perkins; Tudors Building Supplies


KITCHEN WORKTOPS – QUARTZ


Hereford Granite


SAND & GRAVEL Radbournes; Alpha Aggregates


TIMBER FRAME Taylor Lane


ARCHITECT


Bryan Thomas Architectural Design


november/december 2018


should future occupants require it. When it came to styling the interiors, Mark and Sharon wanted to keep things simple and modern. The bathrooms are all white, and the kitchen, featuring handle-less units, is “ultra modern, minimalist and plain,” says Mark. Outside, although there are still some minor jobs to finish, they have laid a patio all around the house, and the front has been planted and gravelled.


Mark admits that despite his experience, he did find himself caught out early on in the build. A downdraft extractor was installed in the kitchen, which was vented underground, and therefore had to be installed much earlier in the process than they were expecting. “You’ve got to know exactly what you’re having in terms of design and location,” he says. “You have to know the layout at a very early stage, much earlier than I seem to remember previously!” Other than this, due to considering things early on in the design, no major changes were necessary once the build began. Overall, Mark’s extremely happy with the finished product – and in particular, he’s pleased how the house blends old and new. “It’s a mix of traditional and modern and that has worked


out quite well,” he says. His favourite features include the design’s combination of rustic- looking brick with the modern grey windows and the oak beams. “A timber frame can be a bit boring and lacking character,” he confesses. “The oak beams break up the monotony – it’s warm. The mix of using both an oak supplier and timber frame supplier worked well.”


LOOKING TO THE FUTURE


With Mark and Sharon’s history as ‘serial self- builders,’ they’re naturally not opposed to the idea of doing another project one day. “It doesn’t phase me at all,” he says. However, Mark admits there are downsides. He says: “It’s hard trying to balance everything”, and that it can be frustrating in a variety of ways. “Sometimes it’s too much, you come back and people have misinterpreted your instructions, and you have to undo things.”


After all the hard work, the plan is to stay where they are for now – as Mark explains, they have everything they need, including the bespoke office block. Plus, he says, “you need at least a year’s rest!” Mark concludes: “It just takes over, but it’s worth it. The financial gain and the sense of reward is significant.” 


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