Melody Richards and Simon Burke
Tired of the hustle and bustle of living and working around London, Melody and Simon made a life changing decision and started their self-build process by purchasing a plot of land in rural Lincolnshire.
“We wanted to escape the day to day rushing about in the early mornings and late nights on overcrowded buses and waiting endlessly for delayed trains. We had no spare time to do the things we like to do.”
They had always loved the Lincolnshire coast, but in recent years it has become very popular. With prices rising by the minute, the chances of finding a plot of land at a realistic price was nigh on impossible, but after looking for that “postage stamp” sized plot, suitable to build a house for 2 people and the occasional guest, and enough garden to sit out in but not have to spend endless hours maintaining, Melody and Simon stumbled across a tiny garden plot next to an old cottage.
“The plot was the perfect size for a 1000sq.ft house and would leave us enough space for parking and a small garden.”
Once they met with Potton’s Architect and played around with some plans, they ended up taking a standard Hatley from the Heritage range and turning it into a Barn with a small ground floor extension on the side. After numerous modifications, they finally decided on an internal layout which left the lounge overlooking the small ‘courtyard style’ garden and one large bedroom upstairs with a vaulted ceiling, wet room and walk in wardrobe.
From a design point of view, they wanted a light and airy feel. This was achieved with the addition of gable windows and doors overlooking the garden and a number of large rooflights.
The outside was rendered to match in with the surrounding houses and they finally decided on a cream colour with sage green stained window and door frames. Clay pantiles were used on the roof and reclaimed bricks around the plinth.
“The whole build process took approximately 18months, but that’s the downside to building from a long distance as we had to drive from London every time we wanted to visit site. Most of the work was carried out by Potton approved sub-contractors, without whom we couldn’t have managed. They have masses of experience and were a great source of encouragement.”
“At the end of the day, the project took us longer than it should have done, but by not setting ourselves any unrealistic timescales and trying ‘sometimes’ to keep fairly relaxed over the whole thing, we now have a home that is 100% our own. The biggest compliment coming from someone in the village who congratulated us on the renovation of the “old barn down the road.”
Author: Helen Liddle
DateAdded: 19/07/2009 00:00:00