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Self-Build Timber Frame Solutions

At Deeside Timberframe, we share your passion for creating unique homes that reflect your vision. With a comprehensive understanding of the self-build sector and a reputation for unparalleled customer service, we walk with you every step of the journey. Our timber frame solutions are all about bringing your dream home to life.

Our commitment to personal attention means that every client, no matter the size or scale of the project, feels valued and well-supported throughout their construction journey.

Guiding Your Self-Build Journey with Our 8-Step Process

Step 1: Creating Your Plan

Crafting a comprehensive plan is the first step in your self-build journey, encompassing everything from the vision of your dream home to the practicalities of budget and timescale. Start with broad research into the timber frame home market, then refine your vision into concrete needs, wants, and desires, factoring in your family’s current and future requirements. Translate this into a step-by-step action plan, incorporating milestones such as choosing designers, obtaining permissions, arranging utilities and finalising decor. Consider whether you have the skills or time to project manage the build, or if hiring a professional might be more time-effective and cost-efficient.

Step 2: Financing

Constructing your financial plan begins with key questions: How much can you invest, including the sale of your current home and the liquidity of other assets like pension plans, savings, or shares? Understanding your borrowing capacity is essential, achieved through discussions with lenders; remember, self-build mortgages differ from regular ones as lenders typically release money at various project stages. Lastly, ensure you account for hidden costs like temporary accommodation, furniture storage, and professional fees.

Step 3: Buying Your Plot

Selecting the right plot is crucial for the enjoyment of your home and involves considering factors like location, cost, size, and planning permission. The process entails identifying potential plots, getting them surveyed and valued, purchasing the plot, and obtaining planning permission. Knowing the desired size of your plot, considering the type of house you want, and the location plays a vital role. Lastly, understanding the plot’s planning status, which could be Outline Planning Permission (OPP), Detailed Planning Permission (DPP), or without any permission (which is risky), is crucial before proceeding.

Step 4: Costing Your Project

Calculating the overall cost of a self-build is pivotal and depends on factors like the plot size, design, and your involvement level in managing the build or hiring professionals. The budget should account for five main areas: purchasing the plot, site development and servicing, design and planning, construction costs, and living expenses. Remember to consider potential hidden issues and changes to plans that might impact your budget. It’s essential to ensure all costs are transparent, whether dealing with contractors or timber frame package providers, to avoid surprises.

Step 5: Choose House Design & Timber Frame Package

Turning a self-build dream into reality often necessitates professional guidance, such as an architect, a house designer, or a timber frame kit company like Deeside Timberframe. Key steps include choosing a designer and builder, creating your design, and preparing detailed drawings. It’s important to ensure your house design is future-proof, affordable to build and maintain, and considers environmental factors.

Step 6: Choose Builder With Deeside Timberframe

Selecting the right builder for your self-build project is crucial and can start with referrals from family, friends, or a trusted local source. Explore our testimonials and case studies for first-hand experiences of working with us. Obtain estimates from multiple companies, supplying the same specifications to each for easy comparison, and scrutinise each quote thoroughly. Once you’ve chosen a supplier, ensure the details of the work, pricing, and other necessary arrangements are outlined in a written contract. Verify their credentials and insurance certificates for your peace of mind. Be cautious about undertaking a self-build project on a DIY basis if you lack industry experience; professional guidance can be invaluable for budgeting and time management.

Step 7: Planning Permission Protocol

Securing planning permission is an essential step when building your own home in the UK, with the local authority’s planning department being your key resource for information and policy guidance. The process typically involves submission of a detailed application, a period of public consultation, and examination of your application against local planning policy requirements. Hiring a professional for the drafting of home plans and the navigation of the planning process can be beneficial. Being flexible, open to suggested changes, and familiar with local planning preferences can streamline the process and potentially save on abortive design fees.

Step 8: Building Regulations Protocol

Building projects in the UK must comply with Building Standards to ensure safety, energy conservation, and accessibility. Individuals or their representatives must apply for a building warrant from their Local Authority, and can only begin work after obtaining Building Control Approval, a process taking about 6-8 weeks. Following completion, a certificate must be submitted to the verifier, and the building or extension can only be occupied after approval by the Local Authority. If managing the project personally, awareness of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations is required for health and safety considerations.

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Financing Your Dream Self Build

Embarking on a self build project? Secure your financing with ease through BuildStore Mortgage Services, the UK’s leading expert in mortgages for homebuilding projects. Tailored to your financial needs, BuildStore offers over 60 unique mortgages, including Valuation Based and Cost Based Stage Payment Mortgages, suitable for timber frame constructions. With BuildStore, you can borrow up to 95% of your land and build costs, benefiting from competitive rates, expert advice, and flexible payment options.

For more information, download our brochure.

Why Deeside Timberframe for Self-Build

Embarking on a self-build project is a significant venture, and choosing the right partner can make all the difference. That's why we are the ideal choice for your self-build aspirations. We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional level of service coupled with a degree of flexibility that's hard to find elsewhere. We view our clients as partners, ensuring your vision is transformed into reality while offering the invaluable guidance that comes with our vast experience.

Choose us and experience the Deeside difference: where your dream home becomes our mission.

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