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The Self Build Guide Part 1: Finding Land via Online Searches

Whenever you start looking at self-build as an option to create your ideal home, there are a number of steps you’ll need to take in the process. Self-building is an ambitious undertaking. However, it has some great positives and is a very rewarding way to construct a home you’ll love. Advantages include finding land exactly where you’d like to site your property, the size and layout (as long as it complies with Building Regs and planning) and, to a certain extent, setting your own timescales on how long you’d like the project to take.

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Dreaming of a house in the country?

As well as our renowned self-build service, we design and build beautiful property developments too. We have just one plot still available at our latest new build project, Sawyers Meadow, which is located in the picturesque village of Bunbury, nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Plot 7, The Aspen, will be a stunning…

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Upside down and inside out home design

You have the ability to design your dream home. Don’t be constrained by conventional thinking – but make sure you have someone to sense-check your wilder ideas and flights of fancy. The raison d’être of a self-build project is to get the most out of your project, so design it around you. Incorporate the design…

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Small is beautiful too

Big isn’t necessarily better. When it comes to house layouts, resourceful design can mean small and perfectly formed too. Space is at a premium. Land prices are consistently high and designers and architects seek to get the most for their square footage. Whatever your floorspace and height, there are a variety of aspects of design…

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Hitting the deck. Your garden as outdoor living space.

Anyone who has a garden, however small or large, knows what a difference outdoor living makes to your wellbeing when you can use it. During the winter months, the garden is simply a view through the window, but come spring, it can become an extra and ever-changing room, a part of your living space.    …

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Top of the crops – becoming self-sufficient

An ideal for many people is to become self-sufficient. Living ‘the good life’, with an environmentally-friendly ‘grow-your-own’ food mentality, is now perhaps more relevant today than ever before. The idea that people can use their outdoor space to sustain their own produce is appealing, as many of us have gardens or other external areas that…

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Home ownership. Living the dream

It’s been a rite of passage for many people of many generations, but in Britain in the 21st century, home ownership is becoming more difficult to make a reality. In spite of adverse conditions in the housing market, including a shortage of suitable properties, rising prices and unfavourable mortgage terms, why do young Britons still…

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Converted to new-build

Pros and cons of self-build v conversion It’s an age-old argument as to whether it’s better to start from scratch, or buy to renovate or extend. As to be expected, the answer depends on what you hope to get out of your home and how much money you have available for your project. Many areas…

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Your best laid plans for a new-build

What do Building Regulations mean you can and can’t do when you are building a house? Building Regulations in the United Kingdom are an essential part of any construction development. What is deemed permissible and what is not has a huge impact on the extent to which properties can be altered. It also covers new-build…

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Starting from the ground up

When you’re choosing the location to build your ideal home, there are a variety of factors to consider.

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