Couple must demolish their “dream home” after local council says it’s too wide and too high.
Their (former?) friend’s construction firm has declared bankruptcy, their architect, who assured them it was to code, refuses comment.
A heartbroken family has been ordered to demolish their dream £500,000 home – after bungling builders made it 6ft too high and 4ft too wide.
Car sales manager Andy Murray, 51, paid £164,000 for a building plot and a further £300,000 constructing the four-bedroom property.
He left the project in the hands of his architects and builders but claims they failed to follow the plans.
The builders have now gone bankrupt and it is thought subcontractors were not paid and stripped out fixtures and fittings.
The house has also been broken into and vandalised.
Mr Murray said: ‘The whole thing has had a terrible effect on my family. It is a financial catastrophe.
‘To invest all this money in a new home and lose it, and lose my old home because of the huge debts is beyond a nightmare.
‘We were never rich. But we worked hard to attain what we thought was a comfortable position. All of that is gone now and we don’t know where to turn.’
Mr Murray used Textura UK Ltd to build the house who used CRGP Ltd Architects and Surveyors to lodge the unsuccessful planning application with East Dunbartonshire Council.
John and Mary Houston, who live next door to the house, said they were ‘heartbroken’ for the Murrays.
Mr Houston, 76, said: ‘The council has been out in our garden checking it out. One official said the side wall looks like the Berlin Wall.
‘It’s tragic for Andy and his family.’
Mrs Houston, 74, said: ‘We know the house is out of place here but in all honesty we would rather it was allowed to stay.’
According to company records, the building firm Textura UK Ltd is in ‘voluntary creditors’ liquidation’ and not able to comment.
A spokesperson for the architect firm CRGP said: ‘We cannot make any comment at this time.’