Are you considering building a new dream home?
December 20, 2022

Thousands of people in the UK move home every year hoping that their new property will be everything they’ve dreamed of, however a ready built home has certain limitations, and you may end up doing a lot of renovation work to get it exactly how you want it.

The other alternative is to build your own property, designed to your own specifications, and with all the exact features, fixtures and fittings that you love. It can be a big undertaking planning, building and decorating a property from scratch, but if done right it will be something amazing for you and your family.

Understand The Timeline

Depending on the size and structure of your home, it can take anywhere from 2-4 months for the architects to collaborate with you on the design of your new property. You should also set aside further time to gain planning permission and iron out any issues that may occur during the process of this. On average, you should set aside a further 6-12 months for a house to be built from the ground up.

That involves laying the groundwork and foundations, to finally landscaping the garden. However, it can take as long as a year, or even two years if you have a complex design. Inevitably there will be unforeseen setbacks and delays which may add a few extra weeks or months to the build.

Your Chance To Plan The Layout Of Your Dreams

A main bonus of designing your own home is the fact you have complete control of the design. Everything from the size of the kitchen to the layout of the bedrooms and ensuites is under your control, but of course it is wise to discuss all of the aspects with your building team and architect.

Personalise Your Perfect Interiors

If you’ve always had your heart set on a certain design style or in-built features, then now is the time to make those a reality in your design. You will be choosing everything from the type of floor to the kitchen surfaces and what taps your bath will have.

Consider The Location Carefully

The house is one aspect but where you will place it is quite another. Maybe you want a quiet village location or somewhere rural, or perhaps you have decided on a location close to the city or work. Wherever you choose, be sure that you’ll be happy there in the long run and love the location.

An Asset For The Future

Building a property from scratch is a huge undertaking, but the value you are creating in most cases is large. A house may cost you between £1,750-£3,000 per m2 to build, but when completed can be sold for a higher price making you a profit on your build. A further benefit of carrying out a new build is the VAT you will pay on your builders fees, a new build qualifies for 0% VAT whereas a renovation or extension will result in you having to pay 20% VAT. When you are designing, think of small things that will add value, such as a walk-in closet or ensuite.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are lots of advantages when it comes to creating your own living space. If you’re interested in building your own home or completely renovating your property with bespoke designs, get in touch with the Early Birds team today and let’s make your dreams a reality!