This self - build bungalow project was constructed in 140mm timber frame. The Hunt’s existing old cottage was situated on quite a large plot, with a stream separating this from an orchard. They wanted to build a new home in the orchard and sell the cottage.

From the feasibility stage we organised the architectural design with the design team at Custom Homes, through to a successful planning permission. Working as project managers throughout, we co-ordinated the subsequent construction of the project to completion.

Mr Hunt had just retired from his career in engineering with the MOD at the start of the build and being a practical man he was keen to be involved and took to it hands on whenever he could. We organised the various specifications and individual subcontractors, supervising the build and purchasing all the materials via a client paid account, whilst the client drove the fork lift when we delivered the frame, repaired and quite expertly rebuilt his stone boundary wall himself, purchased and prepared the oak bressumer for his inglenook fireplace and tiled his bathrooms etc.

The project comprised of the erection of a single story detached dwelling and detached garage with workshop. The design incorporated a large kitchen breakfast room, utility, dining / sunroom, lounge, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Internally under floor heating was installed throughout with a gas boiler.

Due to the stream we had to construct a bridge over this to access the site before any other work could commence. As the new bungalow was to be positioned close to the boundary with ditch along it, we created a new underground culvert to cover this, in order to both stabilise and maximise the available land close to this side of the bungalow. The external facades were finished in brick with a concrete tile roof and the drive in tarmac and block paving.

The NHBC were utilised for building control and the 10 year insurance warrantee.

These clients have also created their own web site for the build and you can visit this and read all about it at

Hunt Northamptonshire