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Planning Your Self Build
Early planning considerations


Establish a realistic budget and include a sensible contingency - about 10% of your overall budget. In most cases this sum is used towards the completion of the project for upgrading interior fittings.


Take time to thoroughly research your project. Package house kit companies, such as ourselves and architects, are a huge source of inspiration and new ideas when designing your home and can give valuable advice.


Consult your planning office at an early stage. They are there to help and can give invaluable advice on any regulations which may exist on your local area which may save time at a later date.


Always consult a solicitor before you purchase your land in order to check that any deeds or covenants do not exist on neighbouring plots which may restrict access to your site.


Take time to research your building materials. It is always worth viewing existing properties to see the effect on completion of bricks, tiles etc. Many manufacturers will actually give you a tour themselves.


Whoever you choose to help you, take time to check them out and insist on no hidden extras. Bona fide companies and trade people will gladly provide references.


It can be difficult to assess the cost of converting an old building into a home. So always consult a structural engineer before making an offer to buy such properties.


Get building work warranted. Use an NHBC builder or Custom Build Insurance from Zurich Municipal and ensure that architects and surveyors have professional insurance.


Never be put off by the fact you have no experience of building - most self builders and converters are in the same boat.

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