After years of living abroad Simon and Jo Bull decided to move back to the UK and create a dream home where they could raise their family.
They found a 4 bedroom, detached property in Horsham, West Sussex which hadn’t been updated since it was built by Geo Potter in 1963. The distinctive property, which was cutting edge at the time it was built, had lots of potential. Simon and Jo purchased the property and began making a ‘scrapbook’ of ideas for the renovation project.
They knew that if they were going to create their dream home, they would need the help, advice and guidance of a team of professionals so they employed an architect, contractor and LABC to help them make the right decisions.
Claire Haigh Associates worked with building control to make sure the design details were correct and the vision could actually be turned in to reality. Having inspected the original property back in 1963, LABC had all the historical records relating to the ground conditions, drainage, insulation and construction. Claire Haigh Associates discussed the clients’ wishes with building control and resolved potential problems at an early stage. This meant that when building work began there weren’t any nasty surprises or unforeseen costs. The advice which building control gave, helped Simon and Jo make good, informed choices about their home.
Simon said: ‘from the outset, we created a scrapbook that captured all our ideas. We then began looking for an architect who could turn our dream in to reality. We chose Claire Haigh Associates because we knew they would understand our vision for the property. ‘
David Starr, the LABC surveyor said: ‘When you’re making big decisions and spending lots of money on your home, you may be faced with problems that you don’t know how to resolve and that’s where building control can help. By offering clear, impartial advice we help homeowners make good choices’.
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