House Plans: Contemporary Riverside Self-Build

by Build It
9th April 2018

David and Laura Thomson contemplated many self-build ideas, from a bed and breakfast to a vernacular-style house, before they finally settled on one – a timber frame one-and-three-quarter-storey home with contemporary design details.

Now complete, the property is open-plan and bright, thanks to expansive glazing throughout. The extended gable section is filled with glass, encouraging light to filter into the main living areas.

Fact file: Four-bed modern home
  • NamesDavid & Laura Thomson
  • Type of buildSelf-build
  • Construction methodTimber frame
  • House size254m²
  • Project cost per m2£1,583
  • Current value£1,000,000

The north-facing side features an enclosed front porch, utilities and office. “I had the idea of cutting the building away to create a sheltering canopy for the entrance and break up the property’s visual mass,” says Eoghain.

The Thomsons are advocates for investing in a high quality design and build, using a traditional architect and contractor approach. They believe this allowed them to maximise what they’ve achieved for their money, which is an efficient home that’s cheap to run.

Ground floor:

Ground floor house plan

First floor:

First floor house plan

Self-build house plans re-created using Build It 3D Home Design Software

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