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While Orlean and Elton McCaffrey loved the council house that they had bought in 2002, seven years ago they decided that they wanted more privacy, space and a house in which they could entertain family and friends.

Originally from a small rural location in Co Fermanagh, Elton had found a site in his village to build on – to then discover that the owner’s daughter had her own plans for it. He and Orlean moved on with their search but didn’t see anything that particularly appealed to them and so began to compile a portfolio of houses that they liked.

Build Overview

House size: 2,750 sqft 
Plot size: ¾ acre
Build cost: £165,000
House value: £250,000
SAP (EPC): 84 (B)
Heating and hot water: oil boiler (97 per cent efficient) and stove with back boiler
Ventilation: Positive input ventilation
Build method: blockwork (cavity walls)

Debbie Orme

Written by Debbie Orme

Debbie is a freelance writer and editor, who writes about business, healthcare, property, maternity and the over 50s. She also ghost writes autobiographies.

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