Double vision

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Built on their own farmland, the Price family constructed a pair of timber-frame homes with western red cedar and sandstone cladding, having waited almost 20 years for planning permission. Inside, pale colours, timeless furniture and high-quality finishes were chosen. “The village has a real mix of architectural styles, so there was no particular finish we had to stick to, explains Ben.

Rest on the hill

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It took first-time selfbuilder Caroline Williams four years to design and build her ICF house in a breathtaking mountain location bordering England and Wales. Inspired by world-renowned Barcelona Institute of Ocular Microsurgery, Rest on the Hill was designed by ArchitectureM. It offers stunning views over the Berwyn mountains and features an angular concrete walk-on roof.

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Building a future

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James Crosthwaite and Jessica Nassau have built a contemporary three-storey detached house in Sheffield for the price of a run-down semi in the same road. From the road, the new build appears two-storey and is mostly clad in black larch with a curved stair tower coming out from the facade. “It’s been hard work, but we’re proud of what we achieved,” James gushes.

A labour of love

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Terry and Isabel Cross realised their self-build dream with a timber-frame home in Cambridgeshire, using bricks, soft green cladding and a clay tile roof in keeping with the barn-style theme, with interesting angles in the roof creating drama in the bedrooms. “It’s been a labour of love, and we have a personal investment in our home.”

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Bed and board

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Felicity Headen and Gareth List have remodelled and enlarged their compact period property on a modest budget, building a striking extension, clad in charred timber, which opens onto an inviting outdoor space. “Space in this part of the city is at a premium, so we needed to provide a design that would make the most of every nook and cranny.”

Conversions

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Barns, churches and commercial buildings have enormous potential as appealing new homes. We explore the important factors to consider before taking the plunge.

Self or custom build?

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Gus Zogolovitch explains the difference between self and custom build and how the two concepts offer different routes to realising a dream home.

Interiors - Masterclass in monochrome

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A large family home on a double plot in north London features a harmonious blend of contrasting finishes using marble, dark walls and a striking use of black and white.

Interview with Raymond Connor

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We meet the founder and CEO of Buildstore: a one-stop shop for self and custom build, renovation and conversion products and services.

Spotlight on soft floor coverings

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We look at the options available, from vinyl and rubber to carpet and cork.

Expert advice

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Legal advice: property law specialist Guy Elyahou advises on signing a RIBA form of appointment.

PlotDoctor Roy Speer discusses the potential of a plot.