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Marcia Candy dreamt of building her second self-build project, a green oak barn style home in 2013, 34 years since the completion of her first project. Wanting to ensure a successful planning application Marcia and her late husband Will had an informal meeting with the planning officer in preparation. The planning officer suggested a single story, barn style home and advised on the positioning of the property.
Marcia and Will worked hard to ensure the build plans would be approved without objection and received approval in July 2013. Sadly, Will died just six weeks before approval was granted. With a background in property development and armed with a vast network of contacts Marcia decided to continue with the building project herself.
“I never did any building myself but watched Will at work over the years and I learnt a lot from him. I spent a long time assessing the plans and tweaking them before starting the actual building work, and I had spreadsheets to keep track of the costs, making sure I could afford and finance it along the way”Marcia Candy Self Build and Design Magazine September 2017
An oak frame for the ‘barn-style’ home was in perfect in keeping. Marcia’s architect included all her ideas to design an oak framed house which contains an entrance hall, utility, sitting room, kitchen-living, garden room, study and three bedrooms one with en-suite and dressing area. Marcia was clear on her ideas having researched magazines and visited show homes.
“Having visited Carpenter Oak whilst it was being made, and then actually watching the huge crane moving massive pieces of oak into position, was totally amazing”.Marcia Candy Self Build and Design Magazine September 2017
The building work started in June 2014 with the groundwork and then onto the erection of the oak frame in September.
By November the building was weather tight (as completed by Fleming Homes).
Marcia lived just around the corner from the site so was able to project manage the build herself
“I headed the 100 yards down the road to the site every day, with my hard hat and my clipboard, and chatted with all the subcontractors, ironing out any problems and finding out what materials needed ordering.”Marcia Candy Self Build and Design Magazine September 2017
The frame of this single storey house is a real feature of the home with sling brace, dragon tie beam as well as the traditional queen posts and common rafters. The three bedroom property has all the accommodation on one level with vaulted ceilings displaying the stunning oak frame. Marcia’s home includes a delightful glazed end gable and glazed garden room – both bringing in light and a feeling of space and warmth into the home.
Looking back, Marcia is unsure how she managed to complete the project whilst grieving for her wonderful husband Will.
“As I said to my children, we either sink or swim and Will would want us to Swim”Marcia Candy Self Build and Design Magazine September 2017
The complete build of Marcia’s home cost £600,00 with the Oak frame costing £69,945. The approximate value of Marcia’s home in 2017 was £1,250,000