When Dory and Steve Morris decided to self build in a conservation area, gaining planning consent was at the top of their minds. “Our neigbours thought we’d never get permission, but the planners were helpful,” says Steve.
The couple used the free version of SketchUp, available online, to create a draft design – and then went to friends for feedback and suggestions to tweak it.
One major change came thanks to the input of the couple’s structural supplier, Peter Keogh of SIPs Eco Panels. He suggested a simple hipped-roof would add considerably more space upstairs.
The DIY design has worked just as they hoped, giving them a large open-plan downstairs living-kitchen-dining zone that makes a great hub for the home.
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