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Joe's Self Build Project 


I have for many years been interested in self build and renovation. After a long

time in the planning and many challenges along the way I finally bought a fantastic

south facing plot of land in South Hampshire in January 2014.


The plot is south facing in a semi-rural location and near to the coast. It is around

0.4acres though the area the house and garden can occupy is approximately

0.25acres due to an access requirement to farming areas and grazing land beyond.  The plot already has the benefit of planning for a 300m2 property and double garage.


Much time was spent considering the many different ways to build a house but I have always loved oak framed properties and the look and feel they give.


The plan is to construct a 3/4 bedroom oak framed 2 storey property with an approximate floor area of 250m2 plus a double garage. The oak frame will be fully encapsulated in the interests of energy efficiency. The roof will be slate or perhaps zinc and windows will be modern low maintenance designs. Externally is likely to be a mix of vertical cladding and render with a brick or flint plinth.


In terms of design the house will be a blend of modern and traditional creating a practical and exciting yet timeless home. The house will be flooded with light and benefit from solar gain and clear communication with the outside space and surrounding landscape. The principle of high thermal mass will be favoured in walling options and the design will be as airtight as possible with some form of mechanical heat-recovery ventilation system. Gas powered underfloor heating with solar thermal and/or photovoltaic’s is likely.


Internally will be a semi-open plan family friendly style with a feature barn room. Upstairs will mostly feature vaulted ceilings and south facing views to the garden and fields beyond. Glimpses of the sea may also be seen from upper levels. The primary oak frame will help with zoning and create a feeling of warmth and comfort within the spaces.


Natural materials in general will be used in preference to synthetic however

modern materials will be used freely when they represent the best option.

It is hoped construction will start in November 2014 (or before) with an

estimated build time of 9-12months.


I will project manage jointly with my builder and while I am not skilled in   

construction I hope to be as hands on as possible as time, work and finances allow.


It is a very exciting project and I hope you will enjoy following it on these pages.


Joe Shimbart

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