Barn-style home on garden plot

When Josh and Nathalie Cherry bought an old cottage in Devon, with land to spare, the property was clearly in need of renovation.

It came with lapsed planning permission to build another house in the garden, where the couple hoped to create a contemporary, cedar-clad barn-style abode.

After refurbishing the existing dwelling, the pair started phase two of their project: designing and constructing a new timber frame home.

Josh is a carpenter and is experienced in building this type of dwelling, including houses for Potton. When it came to developing his own home, he knew who he wanted to work with.

“Potton has a great quality product and a strong reputation,” he says. The couple arranged to meet with the firm’s Sean Adams, who helped take their ideas through to fully formed plans.

“Sean was a great support and guide for us. He helped us get the bespoke design for the site out of our heads and onto paper, and then through to planning,” says Josh.

Potton submitted the planning application to the local council, and the scheme was granted consent shortly after.

“The company offers excellent support through planning and Building Regulations, which sets you on the right track to a smooth project,” says Josh.

The garden plot was fenced off and the family continued to live in the cottage during the construction phase.

Josh and his team erected Potton’s timber frame on site over a period of three weeks. In total, the whole project took a little over seven months to reach completion.

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