Lesley and Wyn Jones challenged themselves by rearranging the layout of an existing property and adding an extension to dramatically increase its size. Here, Lesley describes their self-build journey.
16 Oct 2014
When a pair of dilapidated listed barns were presented to Kath and Marco Walker, they ignored their own lack of building experience and answered its cry to be restored to former glory.
Within the rolling Welsh hills, surrounded by a picturesque Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and near to the remains of a Celtic hill fort, sits Stormy Castle – a vision of environmentally sustainable homebuilding at its finest.
Having made a successful business out of helping others to achieve their self-build dreams, Barrie and Jan Lane decided that their garden was the perfect plot of land on which to build their own ideal home.
Mark and Abigail Smyth bought a barn conversion with the view to renovate, but when the extent of its neglect became apparent, they decided to knock it down and self-build in its place.
Big ambitions to create the ultimate passive dream home took Chartered Building Surveyor Simon Kettle on a journey of fine research, renewable energy source breakthroughs and subsequently, his own architectural design company.