GARAGE CONVERSION AUDIT
STRUCTURAL LOFT CONVERSION AUDIT
PRE-PURCHASE FEASABILITY CONSULTATION
STEEL WORK CONNECTIONS
INTERIOR MINOR ALTERATIONS
CDM & ASSOCIATED REPORTS
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORTS
3D MODELLING (from)
SOIL INVESTIGATION REPORTS
AIR PRESSURE TESTING
BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING
SOUND INSULATION TESTING
PART F VENTILATION TESTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVICE & INSTALL
THERMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS & TESTING
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
PART G WATER CALCS
DOMESTIC EPC’S FOR LANDLORDS & HOMEOWNERS
The common desire of all of us, when it comes to a dream home, is that it provides everything for us: from rest to good design and recreation. Nevertheless, the individual certainly has specific desires for their home but, of course, we have to do something to make our dreams come true. If you choose not to the following steps, you will not be able to get what you want to have for your home. Self-building gives you the chance to create a bespoke custom home. Here are 10 easy steps to get to your dream come true.
1. Find a building plot
Before you even start looking for construction land, find that you can afford it. After that, don't panic, though the job of looking for land seems like a big headache. There are numerous websites to help you with this, though the safe way is by word of mouth so that the locals know you want to join their community.
2. Budget and finances
The first thing you need to have on a self-build project is to fund and use the funds properly, which is crucial from the start. Once you feel you have saved enough money, try budgeting to check the cost of the project. Consult with proven professionals - an architect or civil engineer as their budget could provide you with the correct budget for your dream home. Set a realistic and firm budget for the project despite what you might think of watching shows like Grand Design.
3. Consider your home needs
Re-examine your lifestyle and what it requires from your home. Do you need your work area or home library? Do you need a recreation area with a pool? How many children and sleeping rooms do you need? Put on paper what you want and what you really need for a home, so prioritize.
4. Choose a good designer
It is extremely important to have a designer for your house. Whether you choose a packaging supplier, architect or another home planner, be sure to choose a professional to help you, someone who understands your requirements and can create your project with ideas that fit your budget, wants and needs. It is also advisable to consider his / her credentials and work experience.
5. Be in touch with the planners
Getting in touch with designers as early as possible is the best way to determine if your project is sustainable. Most local government planning departments offer "pre-application tips" that can help you get an idea of what your planning officer will and will not accept (in terms of overall style, size, and materials). It's a great way to secure the best chance of getting planning permission when you come to apply.
6. A house design
This step is your designer’s job, but, of course, you have to be involved with it. Choose the design you like. Feel free to suggest some design changes to your designer if you don't like it, after all, you paid for it. It will happen that your architect or package supplier chooses and insists on a particular system of construction, such as brick and block or timber frame. Don't be afraid to take the lead if you have clear views on using a particular design method.
Be sure to think before making any changes, because once the design is complete, you won't be able to undo it.
7. Acquire the blueprints
Once you have completed the design of the house, you can now have your blueprint and you must have it before you start the project. You will need this as a guide for builders and for obtaining a building permit from your community.
8. Get the building essentials sorted
In addition to the blueprint, you need to prepare other things that vary depending on the requirements in your area, but that would include consent to build, planning permission, building control approval and some special approvals. Also, make sure your contract with the construction contractor is already in order. It would also be ideal to protect your investment by obtaining the right contracts, guarantees, and insurance.
9. Prepare the land
We have arrived at the physical launch of the project, which is to prepare the plot for construction work. This means sorting the foundations - from clearing the vegetation to levelling (if the terrain requires it) and precisely placing the trenches. Your main contractor or special earthmoving company can handle this phase as well as draining and pouring the foundation.
10. Build your home, move in and enjoy!
Once you have completed all of the above, you are ready to build your own home. By this time you have already chosen your contractor who will oversee all the work but be sure to check the progress of the work yourself each time. While the exterior work is ongoing, the interior design will be as follows. Get an interior designer who can do the job well for you.
When all the construction work and interior decoration is complete, you will be ready to occupy your dream home, but remember to work on residence permission in your home. There are a few more practical things to consider, such as obtaining a Completion certificate from building control, ensuring that all small issues are resolved, and filing a claim for a refund of all important VAT.
Now that you have arrived on the path of your self-build, it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. These are only 10 steps, but you can see that every step requires commitment, determination, and perseverance. With all of this and with the help of experts and professionals, you will be able to make the dream home you have always wanted.