Our Client always had a dream of self-building their own timber frame build and in 2004 that dream became reality when a plot of land became available in Worth, West Sussex. The Shayler’s acquired a relatively small garden plot with planning permission for the construction of a 2000 sq. ft. house over two floors. The plot was limited and measured 1/5 acre. Restricted by space and wanting to maximise the plot they chose the Benjamin Allen Bespoke Homes Alvechurch house design as it was best suited to a corner plot and would give them 3200 sq. ft. over 3 floors.
The design was submitted to planners and within 8 weeks thay had approval to construct the Alvechurch design. Nine months later and the house features a traditional tile hung, brick and timber cladded exterior, but internally has all the comforts of modern day living.
The ground floor is open plan with the two-way log burning fire place being the central hub of the house linking the kitchen, dining room, hall and lounge together. Specifically designed with visiting family in mind the house boasts five double bedrooms and four bathrooms, ensuring there are never any arguments or queues for the bathroom in the morning.
Throughout the timber frame build the couple knew they were fully supported and that help was always at hand should a problem arise. Mr Shayler said: “The Benjamin Allen Show Centre in Ditchling, East Sussex, is an invaluable aid for ideas. We used the Benjamin Allen Planning Permission and Building Regulations facility and appointed the Benjamin Allen Project Management Service for the build from start to finish”. This enabled the Shayler’s to construct the build themselves, but have the support of the Benjamin Allen team for advice when required.
Having been happily ensconced in their self-build now for just under a year, the Shayler’s are just as thrilled with their stunning new home as the day they moved in. Mr Shayler said: “The reward comes at the end when you see all your ideas come together”.