FAQ

FINDING LAND FOR MY HOME

Finding land on which to build your new home can be a difficult process. Here are some useful tips to help.

Estate Agents

Let your local estate agents know you are on the lookout , so if suitable empty land or land with a derelict building comes up for sale you can be quickly informed. Internet estate agencies are also a good way to source land.

Property auctions

Property auctions are a popular way to purchase land. Check your local newspaper for times and venues. Do check the land carefully before you put in a bid.

Internet plot search companies

You can use an online plot finding service to access information about land for sale. You may have to pay a fee for this.

Social Network

Putting your interest in land for sale on social media is a good way to let sellers know you are looking and for people to pass on details.

DESIGNING AND PLANNING YOUR HOME

Predesigned homes

Buying a predesigned home is the least expensive option. We already have a range of stunning home designs to choose from – simply browse our collection and choose the one you like. Do be prepared, though, for local authorities to request changes to predesigned homes to ensure they meet local planning criteria.

Altered predesigned homes

If you like one of our predesigned homes but want to make some structural changes, that’s not a problem, we can adapt the designs to your requirements.

Bespoke homes

If you are looking to build a bespoke designed home from scratch, you have two choices. You can get the designs drawn up by an architect or, for considerably less, you can use our design team. Simply supply us with pictures, drawings or sketches of how you would like your house and our team will create the plans needed for the build and for planning permission.

BUILDING CONTROL AND PAPERWORK

Self Building a new house is a bureaucratic process involving quite a lot of paperwork, including:

Creating Building Control drawings

After you obtain planning permission, you will need to apply for Building Control Approval. This requires the creation of building regulations drawings or working drawings.

We insist that it is we who create the Building Control drawings and Structural Calculations. This is because very few architects specialise in timber frame houses and so they don’t always fully understand the technical differences between timber frame and traditional brick and block houses.

Selecting a provider for Building Control, 10-years Structural Warranty and Site Insurance

A Buildings Inspector is required to visit your site to make sure that the construction is following the Building Control drawings. You can either use your local authority inspector or choose an independent building control service.

If you plan to sell the property within ten years or if you have a mortgage, you will need a 10-years insurance backed structural warranty. You may not need one if you use a main contractor to undertake the build to completion.

Other reports, surveys and tests

In addition to the paperwork specified above, there may be other requirements needed for local planners and Building Control Officers depending on individual circumstances. These include, but are not limited to:

Chances are, you will not need to have all these done, but be prepared for some form of additional report or test which needs undertaking.

COMPLETING THE INTERIOR

Once we have finished building your home and have left it weather-tight, it will be ready for you to commence work on the interior. For this, you can choose to do some of the work yourself and, if you have friends who are tradespeople, you can get them in to help. If not, you will need to look for other contractors.

Managing the project

If you are using tradespeople, you will need to act as project manager. This will require you to:

Choosing tradespeople

Here are some tips to getting the right tradespeople:

If you are having difficulty finding a contractor, we have a network of recommended subcontractors who may be able to provide you with a quotation for the work you need doing.

Preparing the site

If you have contractors working for you, then you need to make sure that your new home is a safe place for them to work in and that there are suitable site facilities. You need to consider:

Staying on schedule

Lots of things can cause delays on a project and when one contractor is behind, this can impact on the start date for others. It is best to explain to contractors when you initially hire them exactly what your project involves and that start dates might be variable– this way they will be prepared for delays and you won’t get charged unnecessarily.

Damage to your new house

With lots of work taking place, there’s always the chance that one contractor or helper will accidentally break something whilst working. If the damage is done to a part of the building we’ve installed, for example, a broken window, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.