Initially planning a fairly traditional exterior, Pip and Steve Gunn now have a striking contemporary design to call home.
Pip and Steve decided to self-build as they wanted a home which would deliver better value for money whilst allowing them to explore their strong design ideas.
The couple had been living in a three store townhouse and were used to ‘vertical living’ and had been considering the idea of self-building for many years.
Pip and Steve had initially planned a fairly traditional exterior with open spaces internally; however, the local council stipulated that a self-build in their area had to be one of a contemporary nature.
The land in Peterborough which they eventually purchased in January 2016 was part of a large settlement that had been put together by various property developers. “The local city council specified there had to be an allocation of plots for self-builders, Pip explains, so our entire street is made up of self-build houses of various designs.
Pip first saw a Potton self-build house at a home show in the 1980’s so was aware of their existence. Some thirty years on, husband Steve visited the Potton Show Centre and was impressed with the quality of the show homes.
“Potton offer a bespoke design service that attracted us, it incorporated the planning service for what seemed a reasonable price”, said Steve.
The property boasts three bedrooms with the master suite situated on the ground floor, complete with ensuite and dressing room. The impressive open-plan living room boasts a vaulted ceiling overlooked by a gallery landing.
The living space was devised to ensure Pip and Steve were able to enjoy views of the rear garden through large sections of glass and the site orientation was the driving force behind the design.