In today’s market, buying an existing house can often cost less than building your own. But for those whose requirements are very specific, as were Brigid and Pat Coyle’s, a self-build is often the only way to get everything you need, and want, at a reasonable price...
Estate agents are right when they say location is everything. Even in the 21st century we still don’t stray far from our childhood homes when the time comes to put down roots. There is a problem though, how do you find a house you can afford? The answer for Hannah and David was to call in the family!
Back in 2004, gaining permission to build a new home in a rural setting in NI was quite different to today. Then, the only real chance of success was to find a building that could loosely be described as ‘habitable’ in that it had a serviceable roof.
When you’ve put down roots and raised a family it’s very hard to leave after 40 years, especially if you built the house yourself. But life moves on, the house is now too big and not ideal for retirement living, it’s time to think about where to go next. Ronnie and Denise Slater’s situation is one that will strike an answering chord with many couples, as will their solution.