Rod and Trudy Molyneux had been unsuccessfully searching for a new home and hadn’t thought about building their own property, until a self-build plot in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside caught their eye.

The plot already had planning permission and CGIs showing the finished house, complete with its five large arched windows. Rod had originally planned a masonry build because of the arches and three curved interior walls. However, after speaking with us he changed his mind, as the details he was after can be created with a timber frame system.

Rod decided to project manage the build themselves guided by our expertise and attending our many online tutorials and videos to increase their self-build knowledge. The completed house is based on a traditional Northumbrian barn design and is everything the couple wished for. “I’m still in awe of how beautiful it looks,” says Trudy. Rod agrees: “I would definitely encourage anybody else to do it. We couldn’t find the house we wanted, so we built it!”


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