House Plans: Bright and Spacious Self-Build on a Sloping Plot

by Build It
22nd February 2018

When Alison and Simon Watkins moved to the Scottish Borders, they struggled to locate a piece of land suitable for their self-build home plans.

They eventually stumbled upon an unusual opportunity – a contractor was selling off four building plots on a 20-acre development site, along with a complete design and build package.

Enchanted by the picturesque valley location, the Watkinses jumped at the opportunity.

With the help of contractor David Palmer and architect Gordon Melrose, they created  a stunning, light-filled home, with a bespoke upside down layout to make the most of the spot’s views.

Fact file: 4-bed timber frame home
  • NamesSimon & Alison Watkins
  • LocationJedburgh, Scottish Borders
  • Build typeSelf-build
  • Construction methodTimber frame
  • House size256m²
  • Project cost£328,000
  • Project cost per m²£1,281
  • Current value£470,000

Built in harmony with their sloping plot, the house is divided into two buildings on different levels, linked together by a passageway lined with large windows.

The upper building houses the main living spaces and the master bedroom, while the lower part of the structure accommodates two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom connecting them.

Ground floor

ground floor plan


First floor

First floor house plans


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