Richard & Leah Allen
Help and guidance

Help and guidance

Meet Leah and Richard Allen. Leah is a management consultant and Richard is MD of a flooring company. The couple have two children, Joseph (7) and Jemima (5).

When Leah persuaded Richard to build a new house on the site of her grandparents’ former home, she knew she needed to move quickly just in case he changed his mind. “Richard isn’t interested in building or DIY and was rightly concerned about taking on a first time self build.”

The Allens had been living in a town house, but wanted more space after Joseph was born. “I grew up in Exmouth, just a short distance from my grandparents’ house,” says Leah. “Their bungalow had a large garden and backed onto fields.

The bungalow was too small for the Allens’ needs, but the setting was perfect. Leah spotted an advert for Potton and, spurred on by the promise of a fast build schedule, decided to employ them. They worked with Potton’s in-house design team to create a home that included large windows and contemporary open-plan spaces. “Potton’s architect was excellent – he gave us exactly what we wanted and spent hours tweaking the design and configuration for no extra cost.”

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