Andrew and Michelle Earle had previously seen a Potton show home at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon. So when they decided to self-build they were keen to explore what the company had to offer.

The couple loosely based their 180m2 bespoke on Potton’s Heritage range. However, they’ve totally tailored it to their site and their needs.

The Earles wanted to manage the project and complete some of the work themselves, so they opted for a design and erect service.

“The package Potton offers sold us onto the idea of timber frame,” says Andrew. “It gave us the insulated structural shell on one neat bundle. The speed and ease of the system were also attractive.”

The garden plot was next door to their current home, which made it much easier for the Earles to project manage the build themselves.

The couple stayed in their existing house  while their new home took shape. The old place was eventually demolished once the project was completed.

They used local labour where possible, employing a general builder to prepare the foundations and carry out additional works. Andrew also did some work himself, including fitting the soffits and bargeboards and installing the plumbing and underfloor heating.

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