7 Basic Steps to Building The Dream
7 Basic Steps to Building The Dream
Embarking on a self build adventure can be daunting, but follow our 7 golden rules and you’ll be well on the way to making your bespoke dream a reality.
1. Hunting for a Plot
Guys, even if this is your very first project, you need to think like and act like a developer, right from the word go! You need to be quick and decisive, and you need to act fast because if you don’t, someone else will. Anything worth having and pursuing will always move quickly. Search Rightmove, Zoopla, local auction houses and the web. Above all, as tempting as it may be, try your best not to be too specific as you will limit your options. Find out more info on finding a plot of land for your dream new build home
2. Secure a Loan
Happily, there are many lenders out there that specialise in self build loans. As a Bespoke client, we can help you make the relevant and correct introductions to get you started.
Check out an introduction to self build mortgages here.
3. Budget and Being Realistic
Set yourself a sensible budget and – hugely important – allow yourself at least a 10% contingency. When creating a new build, most of your risk will be in the ground – once this stage is complete then your financial risk will be minimal as long as you don’t change your mind too much! Plan ahead and where possible, make sure you don’t deviate from the set scope of works.
4. A Decent Architect
We specialise in creating high-end residential design and build homes. So what does this mean? Well, we’re able to manage the entire process in-house, literally handing you a set of front door keys upon completion. It’s integral to Bespoke’s success that we offer a full complement of design and build services. In this way, you have a partner and a guide throughout the whole project, and we can make sure that our proposal suits your unique requirements. Your build will be innovatively designed in a way that’s well thought out and considered, and which has your vision very much at the forefront.
5. Planning Permission
This part of a self build project, I believe, is always best left with a specialist; we work hand in hand with planning consultants and architects who can manage this aspect effectively, reducing the length of the planning application process and ultimately, keeping your costs down.
6. Starting your Construction
The most exciting step! Works will begin according to the pre-agreed start date and timetable, and most of our builds progress through the following key milestones:
DPC – DPC is complete and blockwork can start.
Joists – The floor can be built.
Wallplate – The roof is ready to go on.
Roof – The roof and walls are on and watertight.
1st Fix – Boarding and plastering can start.
2nd Fix – All items are fitted and operational.
Practical Completion – Decorating and external package are completed, ready to hand over to you!
In the final stages of your build project, you’ll start thinking about design – if you’d like us to, we can arrange a consultation with our interior designer to advise you and source soft furnishings, curtains, lighting and all the other little details that transform a house into a beautifully designed, bespoke home.
7. Love your Home!
The time has finally arrived for you and your family to move in and fall in love with your brand new home. This is the place where you’ll treasure the important things in life and make memories for years to come. You’re now part of a small gang of people who are lucky enough to have designed and built their own unique home. Now it’s time to delight in this special moment and enjoy your one-of-a-kind, unique reflection of you and your character.
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