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ACT QUICKLY when you spot a plot you like. Be­fore we found this site I’d al­ready been in­ter­ested in two oth­ers that had fallen through. Don’t drag your feet or you risk los­ing the op­por­tu­nity al­to­gether.

GET­TING AN AR­CHI­TECT ON BOARD will help pave the way for a smooth plan­ning process. Hire a pro­fes­sional that knows what they’re do­ing and trust them – they can add real value to your project.

WHEN DO­ING A LOT OF THE WORK your­self, it’s easy to get stuck at a close-up level of all the de­tails. But you can’t let ul­tra-high stan­dards hold you back too much. I found it help­ful to try to look at the big­ger pic­ture from time-to-time. Cre­at­ing a pro­gramme of works and tick­ing things off as I went through was very sat­is­fy­ing.

IT WOULD HAVE MADE SENSE to con­struct the out­build­ing, which now ac­com­mo­dates my work­shop be­fore the main dwelling. That way, I’d have had a good space to work in through­out the build.

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