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CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS


BUILDER


David Jempson Ltd www.jempsonltd.co.uk


ARCHITECT Peter Cook (retired)


FINANCIAL ADVISER


Richard Reuss, Mortgage Plus Ltd richard@mortgageplusltd.com


MORTGAGE


Together togethermoney.com


GROUNDWORKS DK New Homes www.dknewhomes.com


HEATING SYSTEM


Geoff Fox, Enlightened Solar www.enlightenedsolar.co.uk


PLUMBING


Waterboys South East Ltd 07572 426882


FLOORING Signature Me signatureme.co.uk


WINDOWS & EXTERNAL


for the project could have been “quite stressful” when it came to budgeting, but with David’s guidance and what Tim describes as “realistic ideas of what things would cost,” they managed to stay within their budget. “We were very careful,” he says.


DESIGN & FUNCTIONALITY Tim has ensured that the house is as future-proof as possible in a couple of ways. A friend, Geoff Fox, owns renewable energy systems company Enlightened Solar, and recommended he install an air source heat pump – something he’d not heard of before. The result is “magnificent,” Tim says. “We never set out to build a house with an incredible heating system, but thanks to them it’s just top notch.”


he says. “It’s extremely robust.” Despite the restrictions imposed by Covid, the build was remarkably quick. Having started onsite last March, by mid-April the timber frame was constructed at ground floor level, and by mid-May the entire frame was up, including the roof and dormers. By the beginning of June the brickwork was completed and the house was watertight, with the roof finished by mid-July and the windows and insulation installed – meaning work was ready to proceed inside – by the start of August. “The house flew up in no time at all,” Tim remarks. “But the inside takes just as long.” They “more or less” finished all internal work by January, having finished the painting and flooring over Christmas, as well as the final plumbing and electrical checks. Tim admits that having been lent the money


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The pump system is housed in a small shed- type building attached to the house, and feeds the underfloor heating and upstairs radiators. Each room has its own thermostat so they can be individually controlled, and he has been told he’s unlikely to need the radiators due to the system and house’s efficiency.


Their electricians suggested installing all the cabling required to connect every room to computers and smart TVs. “When you look at the hub under the stairs the cabling’s a bit daunting!” Tim says. Visitors enter the house into a hallway containing the stairs up to the first floor and a glass door that leads through to the open plan kitchen/dining/living area. The kitchen sits at one end in a narrower space, which Tim says helps it feel slightly separated. Bifold doors


jul/aug 2021


DOORS Provincial Windows www.provincialwindows.co.uk


BRICKS, BLOCKS, SAND,


GENERAL MATERIALS Parkers Building Supplies www.parkerbs.com


TIMBER FRAME


Mid Sussex Timber www.mstc.co.uk


KITCHEN UNITS DIY Kitchens www.diy-kitchens.com


WHITE GOODS


Appliances Direct www.appliancesdirect.co.uk


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