Offshore worker Dave Trevena always thought his 60s house in Whitley Bay looked out of the character for the street he lived in but it wasn’t until he researched its history he found he was living on land that was bombed in the Second World War.

About six years ago he started thinking about pulling the house down and building something more in keeping with the street and spoke an architect recommended  to him ,  who turned out to be a neighbour , the plans were done and planning permission was granted.

Fast forward to April this year, building regulation approval was granted and Mr Trevena started appointing contractors to complete the demolition of his existing house and the build of three four-bedroom homes on the plot of land.

“I always thought it was strange that we had three house numbers missing in the street but it’s quite obvious now I know the history. The plot of land is quite big so it made sense to maximise the accommodation in a way that fits better with the rest of the street.

“We looked at timber frame and traditional brick and concrete blocks – the cheapest method of construction – but we chose the Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) engineered solution because the structure will go up quickly, it will stay together and it isn’t impacted by the weather.

“And SIP roofs provide more living space at the top of the house because they don’t have to be held up by wooden trusses.”

“SipBuild UK was competitive with its quote and was able to look at our drawings and advise on what would and wouldn’t work on the site,” said Mr Trevena.

SipBuild UK are due to be on site for three weeks from August and Mr Trevena expects to move into his chosen property by Christmas this year.

Chris Duckworth, managing director of SipBuild UK said: “SIPs are ideal for Mr Trevena’s build because it gives him peace of mind that he will have a watertight structure in a three-week timescale and he is maximising the living space in the roof which will increase the value of the properties.”

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