Jenny and George's Wedding

Jenny & George’s Wedding

No summer is complete without a good wedding and a bit of rain, so if you can combine the two you’ve hit the jackpot! Jenny & George’s wedding combined a traditional church ceremony, followed by a lovely reception in the village hall in Buckland, Oxfordshire. It was a fantastic day – great company, food, music

Our First Self Build Costing Meeting with Tom and Mike

Now that we’ve agreed a design in principle with Tom Gresford, we’ve been able to get some draft costings formulated to see where we stand relative to our budget. So today we spoke with Tom and Mike at The Old Water Tower in Chievely.

Join the Graven Hill Discussion on Facebook!

Why not join us on Facebook – it could be a nice way to meet like-minded self builders who are interested in Graven Hill. It would be great to get some discussion going and share any news, tips and perhaps just vent your frustration!

Visiting Bungalow in Upper Heyford

Advertising for a Plot of Land

  It’s not all been about Graven Hill around here – we’ve also been contemplating whether there might be other plots available nearby. So we put an advert in the local newsletter (Steeple Aston Life), asking if anyone had a plot of land for sale.

Draft House Plans from Tom Gresford

Today we finally got to look at some actual drawings of a house, which is pretty exciting. Following our visit to Tom Gresford’s office a couple of weeks ago, he’s put together a concept that could work for us.

Buying a Self Build Plot at Graven Hill

Buying a Self Build Plot at Graven Hill

We recently attended a presentation by Phil Hulme, who is the sales and marketing director for the Graven Hill Village Development Company. This all took place at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) on a sunny afternoon in Swindon.

Second Meeting with Architect Tom Gresford

Having spoken to Tom Gresford and Charlie Luxton, we’ve had a good think and decided to meet again with Tom. Because of the potentially tight schedule with Graven Hill, we didn’t feel we had as much time to weigh it all up as we’d have liked, but in the end because Tom would be working

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens

With some serious thinking to do over our self build budget, and whether to move forward with Tom Gresford or Charlie Luxton on the house plans, we decided to take a day off and head over to Waterperry Gardens. Unusually for a bank holiday, the sun was out…#bankholidaybonus

Meeting with Charlie Luxton Design

In this vlog, we’re off to see Charlie Luxton Design in north Oxfordshire. At the time of recording this we expect the plot details at Graven Hill to be released in May, so we only have 5-6 weeks to get ourselves ready to apply for a plot.