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Self Build Advice: FOCUS – Sustainability

Building a sustainable home is an essential investment in the future. Energy-efficient design and construction create low impact properties with reduced fuel consumption, a benefit to both homeowner and the environment. To achieve this with your self-build take a look at the information we have gathered below: Timber Frame: Building with timber that is sourced […]

Timber Windows and Doors

Self Build Advice: FOCUS – Windows and Doors

The windows and doors of your new home are incredibly important; they impact the light, warmth, security, privacy and style of your space. With a variety of aspects to consider it’s essential to understand more about the options available when deciding on which glazing products to purchase to ensure they are aesthetically, functionally and economically […]

Self Build VAT Reclaim

Self Build Advice: 13 – VAT Reclaim

Once the building of your home has been completed you’ll need to contact your local authority to arrange for a council tax valuation, a warranty inspector will review the property and issue the warranty, and you can now switch your self-build site insurance to a homeowners’ policy. It’s also time to embark on the VAT […]

Timber frame first fix

Self Build Advice: 10 – Building: First Fix

With the superstructure watertight, the first fix can get underway. This stage of the project essentially consists of all the work needed before the walls are plastered or ‘tape and jointed’, this includes: • Electrics – cables will be installed for the electrical supply in your house. First fix electrical work prepares the building for […]

Timber Frame

Self Build Advice: 9 – Building: Timber Frame

Once the substructure has been completed, you are officially ‘out of the ground’. Where substructure is everything in the ground, superstructure is the structural part of the building above foundations, i.e. the timber frame. This stage of your project is about creating a structurally complete shell; you’ll need the walls up, supporting steels or beams […]

Self Build Advice Groundworks

Self Build Advice: 8 – Building: Groundworks

With plot, plans, permission and finance firmly in place, it’s now time for construction. Building a home can be roughly divided into five stages; groundworks (substructure/foundations), superstructure (timber frame), first fix, second fix and decoration. For those new to construction, most of the terms used will be unfamiliar. It can be helpful to understand the […]

Self Build Finance

Self Build Advice: 7 – Financing

When planning to build your own home it’s important to obtain expert financial advice early in the process so you’re able to understand your loan options and therefore your budget. To calculate what you’ll have to spend you need to look at the money you currently possess and how much you can borrow. A specialist mortgage […]