As a result, they decided to remain in London until they had finalised the design and achieved formal consent to build. Finding an architect who could help them present the project to the planners was the first step.
“Base Architecture & Design was recommended to us by close friends,” says David. “My family has been in the area for 80 years and in a rural community there’s often a network of people who want to help each other out like this.
For both Annabel and David, the highlight of the self build process has been moving into a dwelling that’s been tailored to their family’s lifestyle.
“We wanted to create a living environment where we could get loads of people together without it feeling claustrophobic,” says Annabel. “That’s the principle the house was designed around, and that’s what we’ve achieved. The whole back of the building opens up so you can enjoy this huge indoor-outdoor area.”
The couple agree the finished project has enhanced their family lifestyle.