Planning the project
- Establish a realistic budget and include a sensible contingency - about 10% of your overall budget. In most cases this sum is used towards completion of the project for upgrading interior fittings etc.
- Take time to thoroughly research your project. Package house kit companies such as ourselves and architects are a huge source of inspiration and new ideas when designing your home and can give valuable advice.
- Consult your planning office at an early stage. They are there to help and can give invaluable advice on any regulations which may exist in your local area which could affect your site location or house design and may save you time at a later date.
- Always consult a solicitor before you purchase your land in order to check that any deeds or covenants do not exist on neighbouring plots which may restrict access to your site.
- Whoever you choose to help you, take time to check them out and insist on no hidden extras. Bona fide companies and trade people will gladly provide references.
- Get building work warranted. Use an NHBC builder where possible and ensure that architects and surveyors have professional insurance.
- Never be put off the fact you have no experience of building - most self builders and converters are in the same boat.