Where Do I Start With Building A House?

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Are you planning to build a house in the future? We know that it can sometimes feel like an overwhelming process… It is said that “beginnings are perhaps the most difficult” and that’s why we decided to break down this process for you.

Over recent years, new build homes across the UK have been delivered almost exclusively by large, national housebuilders that have been churning out housing estates that are uninspiring, boring and over-priced for the quality of the build.

The Government however wants more of us to be able to design and build our own homes (which is the norm elsewhere around the world) with the hope that self-build will eventually account for 30% of new builds across the UK.

There are many reasons why you might consider designing and building your own home and some of these include a first step on the property ladder, creating a space that works better for you and your family, sustainable living or even downsizing for retirement.

Building your own home is an exciting challenge and there are many things to think about however knowledge is key when it comes to planning so below are 3 points for you to consider in getting your home building journey underway the right way.

Where Do I start with building a house

Where Do I Start With Building A House?

1. Sign-up to the Right to Build Register

In October 2015, the government introduced legislation designed to provide more self-build opportunities to the market and local authorities are now required to ensure that there is adequate land provision for those who want to build their own home.

Furthermore, under the Housing & Planning Act 2016, local authorities are now legally obligated to keep a register of demand for building plots and as demand increases, they will effectively be accountable for making more plots become available.

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) launched a Right To Build Task Force which has been tasked with helping local authorities deliver large, affordable custom and self-build housing projects and they also have a wealth of information available, so it is worth browsing through their website too.

They also have a search portal that will enable you to find the right to buy register for your local authority. The link for this is: https://nacsba.org.uk/campaigns/right-to-build-portal/

Where do I start with building a house?

2. Finding a plot of land

Land comes in all shapes and sizes with price tags to match this with plots that are within town centres generally having a higher price tag. You also have to consider whether the land you are planning to build on is a browfield site or a greenfield site – check out our blog ‘How much does it cost to build a House?’ which explains the two options in further details: (https://www.ag-cg.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost-to-build-a-house/)

When it comes to browsing online for a plot of land, the top 2 commercial plot site websites are www.plotbrowser.com and www.plotfinder.net. On these sites you will find an array of different plots, filtered by county, size, price and much more!

Other options include browsing the Local Authority (Council) Websites/Planning Permission Applications pages where there may be applicants seeking approval for planning to then sell the land on instead of developing themselves. A simple google search of “self-build plots in xxxxx” may generate some good leads too but we recommend being very specific with your location.

Where do I start with building a house?

Where Do I Start With Building A House?

3. Consult a RICS regulated Surveyor

Before buying a plot of land or applying for a self-build mortgage, we recommend speaking with a local RICS regulated surveyor who can perform a land survey which includes precise measurements of the land you would like to buy to identify the boundaries, as well as prepare reports for construction, maps, deeds and other legal documents that may be required.

Most surveyors specialise in a particular area so you must ensure that you approach the appropriate one that will be able to deal with your specific request.

Building Contractors in Eastbourne
Where Do I Start With Building A House?

Then one of the next steps would be to source a local builder for your project and as you’d imagine, there are many things to consider when making this decision. At Avant-Garde Construction we are experts at building spaces that are as unique as you and furthermore, we are Design and Build experts too!

We know that building a home is a big decision, so if you are serious about building a house, give us a call for a chat.

Contact us!

We are trustworthy building contractors in Eastbourne. Check out our reviews on Google: 

Building Contractors in Eastbourne

Building Contractors in Eastbourne

Are you planning to build a house in the future? We know that it can sometimes feel like an overwhelming process… It is said that “beginnings are perhaps the most difficult” and that’s why we decided to break down this process for you.

Over recent years, new build homes across the UK have been delivered almost exclusively by large, national housebuilders that have been churning out housing estates that are uninspiring, boring and over-priced for the quality of the build.

The Government however wants more of us to be able to design and build our own homes (which is the norm elsewhere around the world) with the hope that self-build will eventually account for 30% of new builds across the UK.

There are many reasons why you might consider designing and building your own home and some of these include a first step on the property ladder, creating a space that works better for you and your family, sustainable living or even downsizing for retirement.

Building your own home is an exciting challenge and there are many things to think about however knowledge is key when it comes to planning so below are 3 points for you to consider in getting your home building journey underway the right way.

Where Do I start with building a house

Where Do I Start With Building A House?

1. Sign-up to the Right to Build Register

In October 2015, the government introduced legislation designed to provide more self-build opportunities to the market and local authorities are now required to ensure that there is adequate land provision for those who want to build their own home.

Furthermore, under the Housing & Planning Act 2016, local authorities are now legally obligated to keep a register of demand for building plots and as demand increases, they will effectively be accountable for making more plots become available.

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) launched a Right To Build Task Force which has been tasked with helping local authorities deliver large, affordable custom and self-build housing projects and they also have a wealth of information available, so it is worth browsing through their website too.

They also have a search portal that will enable you to find the right to buy register for your local authority. The link for this is: https://nacsba.org.uk/campaigns/right-to-build-portal/

Where do I start with building a house?

2. Finding a plot of land

Land comes in all shapes and sizes with price tags to match this with plots that are within town centres generally having a higher price tag. You also have to consider whether the land you are planning to build on is a browfield site or a greenfield site – check out our blog ‘How much does it cost to build a House?’ which explains the two options in further details: (https://www.ag-cg.co.uk/how-much-does-it-cost-to-build-a-house/)

When it comes to browsing online for a plot of land, the top 2 commercial plot site websites are www.plotbrowser.com and www.plotfinder.net. On these sites you will find an array of different plots, filtered by county, size, price and much more!

Other options include browsing the Local Authority (Council) Websites/Planning Permission Applications pages where there may be applicants seeking approval for planning to then sell the land on instead of developing themselves. A simple google search of “self-build plots in xxxxx” may generate some good leads too but we recommend being very specific with your location.

Where do I start with building a house?

3. Consult a RICS regulated Surveyor

Before buying a plot of land or applying for a self-build mortgage, we recommend speaking with a local RICS regulated surveyor who can perform a land survey which includes precise measurements of the land you would like to buy to identify the boundaries, as well as prepare reports for construction, maps, deeds and other legal documents that may be required.

Most surveyors specialise in a particular area so you must ensure that you approach the appropriate one that will be able to deal with your specific request.

Building Contractors in Eastbourne

Then one of the next steps would be to source a local builder for your project and as you’d imagine, there are many things to consider when making this decision. At Avant-Garde Construction we are experts at building spaces that are as unique as you and furthermore, we are Design and Build experts too!

We know that building a home is a big decision, so if you are serious about building a house, give us a call for a chat.

Contact us!

We are trustworthy building contractors in Eastbourne. Check out our reviews on Google: 

Building Contractors in Eastbourne