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Do You Aspire to a Self Build Home?

By Lexordaren Subscribe to RSS | March 16th 2012 | Views:

Many people aspire to self build homes, a place built for your own individual needs can be very appealing, especially if you haven't found what you are looking for in the homes you have already viewed. If you are one of these aspiring individuals, then you should know that proper planning is very important. In order to get some ideas and inspiration find out where the nearest self build exhibition is to you and pay it a visit, they are held all over the country so there is likely to be one near you. You will find all of the information you need to know about starting a self build project all in the one place. Here are a few basic points of interest to keep in mind when planning your self build project.

Hire An Architect

When it comes to self build homes, one of the first things you should be thinking about is getting in touch with an architect. Hiring an architect in Edinburgh or wherever you are located for that matter, is an important step - they will have an in depth knowledge of the whole self build process from picking the right plot of land to handing over the keys to you for your new home!

Buying A Plot

Everyone who is serious about self build homes needs to purchase a plot of land. This process is important, because this piece of land will become the foundations for your new house and garden. It is a good idea to get your architect involved at this stage as they will have expert knowledge on what makes a plot a good investment. For example, is the plot sloped, and has it been properly serviced? Are the utilities close enough to your plot, will the trees or the burn that you thought were beautifully unique features cause a problem?


This is an important step in the self build homes development, you don't want your spending to spiral out of control and be left in a huge financial mess! Ask your architect to give you a hand with your budget plans, and have a contingency fund available for any surprise costs. Your budget should cover all costs including the cost of your land, building access to your home and completing your home including interior decoration.

Gaining Planning Permission

Getting planning permission is one of the biggest hurdles that anyone interested in self build homes will have to over come. Around 30% of self builders really struggle getting planning permission sorted, this is where your architect comes in.Your architect in Edinburgh or wherever they are located will prove their worth when it comes to helping you to gain planning permission. They will often have many contacts and experience when it comes to gaining permission locally. Their handling of the planning side of things is one of the many advantages of having an architect on board with your project, and it will save you both time and money.

Lexordaren - About Author:
Kenneth Martin of Block Architects is an architect experienced in all styles of self build homes so if you need an architect in Edinburgh, Glasgow or throughout Scotland phone Block Architects.

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