Award-winning home in Powys, Wales – project managed by a single mother…
- A field owned by the self builder’s parents at Trefeglwys in Powys.
- On the edge of the village, with good access and mains water.
- The original 420m2 plot had no planning permission.
- The self builder was a single mother from a local family in housing need, living in rented accommodation.
- By building her new home she argued that she would also be able to care for her father, who lived close by.
- The new three bed house was designed to blend comfortably into it’s rural location.
- To comply with section 106 conditions for affordability, the house size was restricted to 140m2.
- Local company Welsh Oak Frame worked to the budget; so they used softwood in parts of the structure that were not exposed, but with green oak where the frame was visible.
- Members of the family tackled the groundworks/slab; Welsh Oak erected the frame and various friends and sub contractors were employed to fit it out and finish it off.
- The project was managed by the self builder.
- Warmcell recycled newspaper insulation gives a high SAP rating of 77, so the house is comfortably warm.
- The overhanging roofspace above the veranda provides extra storage inside.
- The family enjoys a home with breath-talking views in a location where it might normally be quite difficult to secure planning permission.
- The home is very easy to live in. The family enjoyed working on the house together and it’s brought them all closer.
- The plot/site was donated by the father, who owned the field.
- Self build mortgage was obtained from Nationwide with staged payments to ensure best cash flow.
- £100,000 budget meant stringent cost saving measures from the outset. Fixtures and finishes are all quite modest.
- Total build costs were £105,000 (£750 per square metre).
- The completed home is now valued at £260,000.
- March 2006 – Outline Planning application made; granted in May.
- June 2006 – Detailed Planning application submitted; approved in August.
- August 2006 – Groundworks commenced.
- September 2006 – Frame erected, brick plinth built and weatherboards hung.
- November 2006 – Roof tiled and weather boards sealed.
- January 2007 – Insulation installed and dry lining completed.
- April 2007 – Moved in.
- Time management was crucial; to avoid having to pay rent and mortgage simultaneously.
- Get an Order of Works from the construction company, plan everything and set deadlines for everyone to stick to.
- Look out for special offers on materials at builders merchants. The Bank Holiday sales were often especially good. Negotiate prices with everyone and haggle to get the best possible deals.