This week, we took the first big step, by placing an order with Potton for the timber frame that will be the core of our new house. We had already seen Potton’s initial drawings, created from those in our planning application, and, on Monday, we had a long meeting with the Potton Regional Manager, Sean Adams, and our Project Manager who, to save confusion, is also called Sean.
This involved making a whole load of choices – down to the colour and style of the door handles – then handing over a (substantial) cheque. For the project as a whole, this means that (a) we are committed to the Potton timber frame, and (b) that we have a better idea of timescale. We are now looking at starting on groundworks towards the end of May, so that the timber shell would be erected by early July, and we should have a weatherproof building – windows and doors in, roof tiled – by August, hopefully before the monsoon.
We expect to have the next Potton iteration on the drawings next week – more then.