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Building your own home; the essentials

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.

Quality materials

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!

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Starting from Scratch with a New Build

So conversions are out of the question and extensions aren’t plausible, it’s time to find somewhere new. You’ve decided rather than to buy a home, you want to build one. This is a daring and very rewarding method and is the closest you can get to that dream home. Of course, certain limitations might mean it is not an exact replica of the home you envisioned but it’s as close as you can get.

Plan
  1. Land. To build your own home you will first need a plot of land. This can be tricky, as even with the perfect plot of land you may not get the planning permission to go ahead so be very careful. There are a few options such as estate agents, land agents, internet options and auctions. Be very careful about the land and before you purchase it, ensure you enquire about the permission to build on it, for what is the point in buying land that you cannot build on? Another option is to buy a rundown derelict home and its plot, then knock it down and start from scratch. Although this will incur addition costs such as demolition, the permissions will be easier to gain.
  2. Planning Permission. Make sure you can obtain the planning permission before buying the land as mentioned above. The best route would be to enquire and study all of the planning permission laws before even beginning to look for the land. Once you know the ins and outs then find the plot and you can begin work.
  3. Architect. Finding a reliable architect can be extremely difficult, do extensive research and choose wisely. Make sure the budget is discussed thoroughly and come to an agreement before the compromises need to be made. Be prepared to be flexible and compromise some of your artistic vision in order to meet structural requirements and planning restrictions.
Design
  1. Size. Obviously, your dream home’s size should reflect the size of your vision. However, planning permissions and structural restrictions may hinder this. Working closely with the architect, ensure the size fits within the plot of land and in proportion to it.
  2. Layout. Do you want an open plan home? How many rooms do you need? Where do you want these rooms? Again working closely with the architect to keep the structural integrity of the building, you can plan where you want your kitchen located, if you want an en suite, basement and lofts etc.
  3. Storage. Something to bear in mind is storage. If you have chosen an open plan layout or have no dedicated room for storage then consider built in cupboards shelves and other storage features to ensure that when you move in, you aren’t stuck with more stuff than space.
  4. Materials. What will your house be made of? If your building within an existing neighbourhood then following the aesthetic will be a good idea. Experiment in the design phase and use existing styles to create a unique interpretation.
  5. Windows. When building from the ground up, the opportunity for creativity is much freer. Why not try tall, thin windows that stretch across two stories for your stairwell. What about a small circle window as decoration. Look at old design trends for inspiration when considering all of these options.

New builds offer the most creativity and deliver tailored results every time. If the cost isn’t an issue then be daring, be creative but most importantly of all, don’t forget to be realistic. As mentioned above, look to old design trends for inspiration and make a start on building the home of your dreams.

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Are you Considering a Self Build?

Many people are looking into developing their own homes these days, especially when the current property market is not looking so great, but at least extending your current property is looking promising.

In a recent survey, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveys (RICS) have identified that the housing stock market is growing because of fewer houses being sold, people are moving on average every 15 years. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that by extending your property you can increase the overall value of your house, make much better use of space, and benefit in staying in the same neighbourhood and same schools if you have children.

Anyone with the right mindset can start their own self build project, you don’t necessarily need to have experience to be able to take on a self-build project, but it would be more of a streamlined build if you do find builders in West Yorkshire, saving you a lot of time and headache (we will get to that part).

First of all you’ll need the necessary paperwork so that the extension is safe to use and live in, we don’t want it to fall like someone’s lost at playing giant Jenga, so making sure that the build complies with current standards of the building regulations is required, this is done by submitting a building regulation application. Ideally you need an experienced professional such as a surveyor, architect or an engineer to examine the property, this way they can submit the building regulation application on their behalf, killing two birds with one stone as one might say. During your build, an on-site surveyor will also be required to inspect the work as it progresses and is finished.

With a first build, we recommend you use a reputable builder, preferably one that has expertise in your type of project. It takes a lot of time and effort for a new build, getting help can save you the hassle. Wintek Construction have done dozens of builds, and thoroughly plan and design projects, reducing additional fees you might come across. We also draw out building plans that will ensure plans are executed successfully and to deadline.

We know all too well the challenges involved in hiring contractors, working with an Architect/Engineer, and dealing with all the day to day processes involved in a self build, it would be more efficient if all these things were under one roof (pun intended), this is where Wintek comes to the rescue. We will communicate all the necessary parts of the build and make sure we lay out the plans clearly at the start. If you are considering a self built project, is it worth pulling your hair out for?

If you want to keep your hair, give Wintek Construction a ring today or fill in our form for a free quotation. Like and follow us on Facebook and Google+ for more exciting updates on current builds we’re working on.

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