Self Builders’ Own Stories is one of our most popular and essential features. Come and listen to actual Build It readers talking about the ups and downs of their real life projects and how they went about creating the home of their dreams. Learn from their mistakes, hear their top tips and ask them the questions that are weighing on your mind. Sessions take place each day in the Workshop Theatre.
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Brian and Loveday Ellis had known for years that upon retirement they would move away from London to a peaceful rural setting. Yet it wasn’t until Brian started reading self build magazines that the couple became convinced that creating their own dream home from scratch was the way forward. The couple found their plot, in a quiet Hampshire village, after a six month hunt. Their 0.85 acres featured a tired 1970s bungalow and lapsed planning permission for a two-storey dwelling. This wasn’t what the Ellises had their hearts set on though. The couple had fallen in love with Potton’s Wickhambrook Barn design – a four-bedroom property combining contemporary interiors with a traditional barn-style exterior.