House Plans: Five Bedroom Neo-Georgian Self Build

Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
12th February 2019

When Vincent Haines and his wife Jacqueline relocated from Kent to Cambridgeshire over a decade ago, the spacious plot surrounding their new home was one of the major draws.

In addition to far-reaching views towards the historic city of Ely, the site came with just over 2.4 acres of land, offering plenty of scope for the couple’s self build ambitions to take shape in the future.

When a friend called them to let them know about a property with a large plot of land being sold in Cambridgeshire; however, their interest was piqued.

“At that point we were searching for schools for our two-year-old daughter, and there were lots of good options in this area,” says Vincent. “Plus, ever since Jacqueline trained as an architect, it’s always been her dream to design and construct her own house.”

Fast forward almost 10 years, and the couple were finally ready to bring their self build dreams to fruition.

Fact file
  • NamesVincent Haines & Jacqueline Jian-Haines
  • LocationCambridgeshire
  • Type of projectSelf build
  • Construction methodBrick & block
  • House size570m2
  • Project cost£1,300,000
  • Project cost per m2£2,281




While the couple are delighted with each of the different spaces in their new home, for Vincent, one zone stands out from the rest.

“I love movies – they’re my vice in life. A dedicated cinema room was therefore incorporated into the house plans right from the very start of the project,” he says.

Decorated in a plush, 1960s style, this soundproofed space has gone down as a massive hit with friends and family, too.

“People come over to watch films and they often end up saying it’s better than our local cinema,” he says.

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