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or many who have long dreamed of building their own home, the first major hurdle is finding the right plot, but John and Helen White didn’t have that problem. John’s parents’ farm in the village of Abernyte, just west of Dundee, turned out to be the perfect solution for their particular needs. Having left home to go to university and then work, John says he always harboured the idea to at some point come back and build a house on the farm. While some might be put off at the thought of living so close to family, there were mutual benefits. His parents had been using external contractors to do the farm work, but now John helps out, and his parents are more than happy to have their three young


grandchildren so close by. One has “quite special needs,” says John, paying tribute to his parents for being “amazing all through the journey.”


Although the general location was therefore a no-brainer, choosing a specific patch of ground proved somewhat trickier. “Another one of our fields was our first option, but we were unsuccessful with planning,” explains John. This site was across the road, making it more ‘stand alone,’ which “didn’t really comply with any of Perth & Kinross planning department’s requirements.” John spent around a year trying to identify the site: “I got a lot of support, a lot of expert advice,” he explains, but it was “quite costly,


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