In the beginning
Our first view of the plot was on 9th April 2000, and we couldn’t quite believe that this was it. It was a one-acre site which most people looking at would have thought we were mad to consider because of very obvious problems with soil type and a very steep bank located roughly where the back of the house might be.
Because the land had formerly been used for brickyard spoil, our first task was to get some test drilling done; this confirmed that the foundations would need to be piled.
Since building couldn’t start until the following April, we also had time to get the main landscaping done to turn the bank into a gentle slope.