Richard & Diane Boutcher - Case Study
What is the floor area of your project?
The main house is approximately 240 sqm, plus 61 sqm for the garage and workshop and 43 sqm for the separate, self-contained, annex.
Could you tell us any interesting facts or remarkable features about your project?
We have aimed to be as eco-friendly as possible within our budget. We have achieved an A-rated house with ASHP-driven UFH heating, MVHR, solar thermal and PV, rainwater harvesting, etc. The appearance of the front of the house is driven by the need to match in with the vernacular of the conservation village which starts on our northern boundary, but we have opted for a much more modern looking rear elevation.
Richard & Diane's Experience at the Centre
How many times have you visited The National Self Build and Renovation Centre before?
At least three times, starting in April 2007 (my wife’s 50th birthday treat and at her request!). It shows how long it has been a dream to do a self-build.
Did you use any exhibitors at the NSBRC? If so, who?
What did you enjoy most about your visit to the NSBRC?
The inspiration to follow our dream!
Would you recommend the NSBRC to a friend, and if so, what aspects of the Centre would you recommend and why?
Yes, I would recommend multiple visits to refine your ideas and find new ones. The training course I attended was very informative. It is difficult to pinpoint specific aspects of the project management course as the overall ‘picture’ of a building project was very useful. If I had to be pinned down then I think it’s the sequencing, especially the things that need to happen before breaking ground and after effective completion, that was the most useful section of the course, although I found parts of the whole course helpful.