For Jon and Yvonne Easter, self building offered the perfect opportunity to escape the urban rat race of Stockport in favour of a more tranquil way of life in rural Shropshire.
After 25 years of marriage, and with their children now fully grown, the move would be the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition.
The couple had considered relocating a few years earlier, but market conditions had made selling their existing home difficult – it wasn’t until 2015 that they decided the time was right to make the change.
Browsing for suitable plots, they found a site near Shrewsbury that seemed ideal for their requirements.
With the land identified and a price negotiated, they had to move quickly. Thankfully things worked in their favour this time round, as their house sold in just two days.
Jon and Yvonne were keen to complete their construction project swiftly, so they decided on a turnkey route.
This approach means the design, materials supply and much of the construction work is all taken care of by a single company.
The Easters chose to appoint Dan-Wood as their project partner, allowing them to select an off-the-shelf house plan – they picked the Classic 184E – which could then be tweaked to suit their individual living requirements.