This is the house which was bought by my mother-in-law in 1981 and was bought by my parents in 2000 after she had passed away. It dates back to the 1950s and although by those standards it was well built, now it is a little tired and in need of significant work to bring it up to modern standards.
I moved into the house in 2011, and originally considered wide ranging renovations to bring it up to scratch but eventually decided it was going to cost too much and the money would be more wisely spent on a new build (zero rated for VAT – which is an important consideration).
The house sits in a lovely half acre plot with views over surrounding farm land. The plot is quite valuable because the villages of Goring and Streatley share a train service to London and so this is commuter territory.
So the plan is to build a lovely traditional 4 bedroom house in place of the old chalet bungalow. Although it will look very traditional from the outside it will be built using very modern building technology to make it very energy efficient.