Opting to buy a plot of land and construct your own home gives you control over everything. It’s up to you to pick the perfect location, create a layout and design that works best for you and your family, and the tiniest decision with regards to the construction of your home is left to you.
The benefits of this scenario are numerous. However, the stresses associated with building your own home are similarly abundant. There are lots of things that you need to consider and bear in mind, to ensure that your home is built to a high standard and will last your family for generations to come.
Find the land
A lot of people dream of building their own home, though they always credit the unavailability of land as the reason they don’t pursue this ambition.
Yes, undeveloped land is a rarity. However, one option is to look for a property on a decent sized plot which can be demolished, making way for a new building plot. This is an effective method of sourcing a piece of land in a desirable location, although there are complications to consider.
Before you even think of making an offer on an existing property, find out whether it is protected; this is common in houses that were built before the 1940s. What’s more, even if it is possible to demolish a house, there may be limitations in terms of what you can build in its place.
You can find more information about building regulations in your local area – and apply for planning permission, should you need it – at the UK government’s Planning Portal.
The tiny details
When you’re managing a building project, it’s easy to let yourself become too focused on the big picture. While ordering essential materials like bricks, concrete and timber are vital for the progression of the build, you’ll also need to pay attention to the little details, to guarantee a high-quality finish.
Creating detailed aspects of a home, like bannisters and intricate metal work, relies on the use of broaches and broaching equipment. These toothed tools are designed for precision machining and are especially effective when odd shapes are required. Though broaching is sometimes a more expensive method, the results are of the highest quality – so it should be the preferred method when you’re building a home.
Take a look at the wide selection of broaching equipment, available to order online from WDS Ltd.
In terms of the build itself, it’s worth bearing in mind that this is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your life. For this reason, the materials that you use to construct your home should be of the highest quality, designed to last for as long as possible.
You should also consider the possibility of designing an environmentally friendly home. In most cases, the materials used in these building projects are of a much a higher quality than standard materials and will ensure the longevity of your home. Eco houses are designed to be insulated and protected from the weather, so it stands to reason why they last longer than regular houses!
Take a look at this guide from howstuffworks.com of the top ten energy-efficient building materials and consider incorporating some of these into your build.
If you’re having trouble with any home renovations in Bradford or in the surrounding areas and require assistance, Wintek Construction have a very experienced team to help you out in any predicaments you have fallen into during your self build.
Call us today on 07773 715 196 for a free quotation!