Two Sheffield newly-weds laid the foundations for a happy life together - by laying a brick at their first marital home.
Duncan Armstrong-Payne, aged 36, and new wife Laura, 32, made their mark at a new three-bedroom townhouse being built as part of the Bluecoats development on Psalter Lane, Nether Edge.
They bought the property after just looking at the plans – and were checking on its progress before jetting off together for a belated Christmas honeymoon.
Developer Bellway is due to complete work on the house by next June.
Duncan, who works in construction as a project development manager, said: “Having just recently got married, Laura and I wanted to find the perfect new home, which was close enough to the city centre and large enough for us to mature into.”
The couple will not be moving far, as their current duplex apartment sits just 500 metres down the road from the development.
After five happy years living in the area they wanted to stay nearby – and liked the idea of being able to watch their house grow right in front of their eyes.
Duncan said: “There are not many new homes being built in this part of Sheffield so we jumped at the chance to buy on Bluecoats.
“It has taken all of the hassle out of organising building and renovation works ourselves and this way we are lucky enough to be ‘making history’ during the building of our own house.
“It will be a lovely story to tell in the years to come.”
The house is part of the latest stage of the development called The Square, which will feature a number of upmarket apartments as well as townhouses arranged around formal landscaped gardens.