What makes the perfect plot for self-build?

If you have ambitions to develop land by building a property on it, when it comes to finding the perfect plot, it’s important that you bear some simple rules in mind. Sometimes the plot can already have development approval and planning permission in place. While others will simply be a plot of land, a blank slate with development potential.

Planning for the future

If the plot has planning permission already granted, make sure that the plot is available for residential development. Residential plots tend to go for the highest prices. They will often have a better standard of infrastructure.  This makes it easier for the property to be incorporated into the wider network of services and amenities – for example the sewer system. In a more isolated rural location, the land prices might be cheaper. However, a development may have to have its own septic tank for wastewater disposal, rather than be part of an integrated drain system.

Nowadays, essential services such as broadband and Wi-Fi are also important to daily life.  The availability of these services can have a real impact on the appeal of living in remote county locations. Even if it’s not required for working from home, then it’s a crucial part of recreational home life. Services such as streaming are now part of many families’ entertainment menu. 

Where are you?

It’s a cliché, but location is everything when it comes to buying a plot. The logistics of carrying out the work, the site’s accessibility and locality to building suppliers all feed into the budget and need to be taken into account. They will also be reflected in the asking price for the plot in the first instance.

The perfect square footage is dependent on budget and requirements. One aspect of modern housebuilding that does seem to be at a premium is garden space. Most people would like a decent-sized garden and off-road parking.  However, when it comes to making the most of a plot, this is sometimes seen as a waste of valuable land resource.  However, landscaping, garaging and outside space can make all the difference when it comes to making the most of a development opportunity.  Getting the balance right between indoors and outdoors is absolutely essential.

Investigating the possibilities for a perfect plot

If you’re on the lookout for a specific location and type of building plot, scour the local listings of land for sale. Alternatively, make enquiries about parcels of land that are not being used or buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Sometimes a bit of investigative work can pay dividends. There are also many online land-finding services, such as plotfinder.net, primelocation.com or even on online marketplaces such as gumtree.com. 

If would like to explore the options regarding land purchase and development, get in touch with CB Homes today and make your self-build dreams a reality.

Architecturally, how much have things changed?

Cheshire is a county known for its rolling plain, natural hedgerows and woodlands. Its picturesque towns and villages are a fundamental part of its charm. The countryside is steeped in history. Architecturally it has a vivid and distinctive atmosphere. It’s not a place you can erect blocks of concrete and glass. However, modern innovations can still form part of the wider design process, to position country living firmly in the 21st century. 

Self-build for new-build and conversion

Here at CB Homes, we encounter a mixture of new-build and conversion projects. Conversion projects, sometimes of old or redundant farm buildings or barns, can create something innovative within the existing shell or layout of a standing structure. It’s crucial when repurposing existing structures that points of interest and unusual architectural features are retained. These are often what makes the building what it is. They give it character and a sense of style, place and period. Over the centuries, housing materials have advanced massively, but the basic design, particularly in rural areas, has remained essentially the same. Slate, timber and brick persist as the most predominant external features. Although the interiors reveal the most ultra-modern innovations.  

Period charm, modern world

With new-build projects, the sky’s the limit when it comes to imagination and design. We firmly believe that it’s of paramount importance to retain rural aesthetics in even the most modern of designs. It’s essential that any project we undertake makes the most out of the property’s location and geographical features. For example, at our award-winning development at The Mill Pool near Eaton in Cheshire, the two newly-built properties maximise the setting of their lakeside situation with windows and balconies overlooking the water.   

The heart of the home

Traditional should never mean ‘boring’ and architecturally, many of our clients imagine their perfect property as a combination of ‘the old’ and ‘the new’. Also at The Mill Pool, we have combined the convenience and technology of underfloor heating with a fireplace in the lounge. This is still the focal point of any cosy family gathering, as it has been for centuries. And CAT6 cable points have been installed at all TV points in both properties. This is exceptionally practical if you want to hardwire a PC into the homes’ networks. These innovations are 21st century technology, but located architecturally within an external design of brick, timber and slate. The overall emphasis remains quintessentially rural in its visual impact.

If you have ambitions to build your own home, or want to explore the options when it comes to conversion or renovation, please contact us today on 01829 730244 or email us via our website.

Luxury lakeside development achieves regional industry award

We’re pleased to have won the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) award for ‘Best Small Development in the Northwest’. Our Mill Pool residential development in Rushton, Cheshire, has scooped the award. Consequently, it will now be pitted against winners from around the UK at the Grand Final in London in November.

Exclusive self-build projects

Based in Cheshire, we’re an award-winning business, designing and building some of the most prestigious properties in the county. Established in 1981, our unique approach to design and construction has seen us successfully create exclusive self-build projects. Likewise, we have built distinctive developments and exclusive barn conversions. For instance, the Mill Pool is a superb example of our design capabilities.

Country living

The project was a redevelopment within the footprint of the former Mill Pool Restaurant site. The dilapidated building was demolished before construction started. Situated in Rushton, Cheshire East, the new luxury development comprises two five-bedroomed homes with a beautiful lakeside outlook. The adjacent properties, Mallards and Grebe, have been designed with elegance and space in mind. Similarly, they incorporate such luxuries as underfloor heating and unrivalled waterside views. However, visually the design is very much in keeping with the Cheshire locale, through its use of brick and slate. Moreover, the development is ideally positioned for the nearby village of Tarporley, with its range of shops and services. The properties offer the peacefulness of country living with the convenience of village amenities.

Construction excellence

The LABC Building Excellence Awards showcase builders and designers who demonstrate construction excellence, while overcoming construction challenges and complex technical issues. The awards highlight innovative and creative solutions that create safe, sustainable and high-quality construction projects. The Mill Pool project now needs to impress the judges at the national LABC Building Excellence Awards 2019. This event takes place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London on Friday 8 November.  

Recognising creativity

The awards recognise designers’ and companies’ creativity, and the team at CB Homes is gratified to be recognised for its project at The Mill Pool. Moreover, the award is one among many accolades we have achieved over the years, including a LABC Building Excellence Award in 2012 for ‘Best Small Housing Development’, in addition to several awards from leading industry body the Federation of Master Builders.

If you have ambitions to build your own home, or want to explore the options when it comes to conversion or renovation, please contact us on 01829 730244 or email us via our website.