Frequently Asked Questions From Potential Self-Builders

As you’re all probably well-aware by now (or if not, hello!), here at CB Homes we specialise in self-build services. We’ve written a few blog posts about our expertise in this area, including choosing a brick and getting planning permission. However, we understand that sometimes, we need to take things back to basics. Often, we’ll get asked the same questions from our prospective self-builders, as the process can sometimes seem daunting and confusing. We thought it would make sense to compile those frequently asked questions into one blog post – think of it as your one-stop-shop for all those self-build queries!

How do I know how much it’s going to cost me?

We work within a wide range of budgets at CB Homes, so there really isn’t a set figure for self-build. However, once we’re aware of your budget, we’ll make sure the design is suitable and doable within the price range. Most importantly, we always provide a fixed price quote from the start – this is what you can expect to pay for your house from concept to delivery, as long as you don’t change any elements of the specification along the way.

What factors affect the cost of self-build?

This is something we reiterate to clients from the beginning. Generally, there are three factors that can affect the overall cost of the project: house design, location and size. Ultimately, the more elaborate the house design is, the more expensive it is. You must also be aware of planning permission throughout the process, which is something we will check for you here at CB Homes. We’ll never approve a design that isn’t going to get planning permission, saving you money in the long run. When it comes to location, you’ll pay more for a plot of land in a more popular area. It’s as simple as that!

It’s worth noting that due to an abundance of protected areas in the UK, building plots are relatively scarce. This can, of course, affect plot price. Now, size is also a pretty simple rule when it comes to self-build: the larger the floor area, the higher the total cost. Building costs are usually measured in pounds per square metre of floor area.

Where can I find land for sale?

There are a number of ways to find land for sale from estate agents to Rightmove to Plotfinder to our own website! To make life easier, we recommend self-builders register their interest with us to maximise the chances of finding the perfect plot. And it’s important to remember, we are happy to advise you on plot suitability and potential, even if you didn’t find it through us.

Do I need to find a plot with planning permission?

There’s no real harm in looking at plots without planning permission. However, we don’t recommend putting any money down before you’ve got that all-important permission! If you buy a plot of land without it, there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever be able to build there. Please contact us for advice before securing a plot of land, especially without planning permission.

What size of plot do I need to build a property?

Of course, this generally depends on the size of property you’re looking to build. As a rough guide, we recommend using the depth of the house, adding 15-20 metres for the plot depth and 2-5 metres to the width of the build. A frequent misconception is that you need to have at least 1 acre of land to build a home. Naturally, many self-builders prefer to have a property with plenty of space, a bigger garden and a better outlook. Here are some guide examples of scale based on an 1800 square foot house on various plot sizes:

As you can see, an 1/8th of an acre is perfectly adequate for a good-sized family home!

What if the plot only has limited services i.e. mains water but no electricity or gas?

There are many plots of land which do not have any services at all. But it doesn’t mean that self-builders can’t build there – we’ll be able to advise accordingly here at CB Homes.

How do I get planning permission? Can you help?

Yes, we can take care of this for you! When you have found a plot of land you like, simply get in touch with us and we can advise on the likelihood of obtaining planning permission. If there is a possibility of permission being granted, we will take care of the process for you.

Do I need to find an architect?

CB Homes works with experienced architects and we will put you in touch with one who will be best suited to your design ideas.

How much can self-builders be involved?

As much or as little as you like – it is your home after all! We’ll look after everything involved in the build and will guide you through the process to make building your home an enjoyable experience.

What is the position on stamp duty?

One of the benefits of self-build is that it is better value for money than buying a completed property. One area where you get better value is in stamp duty – you only pay this based on the purchase price of the plot and not on the value of the completed house.

What we do here at CB Homes

And finally, we get asked quite a lot about the services we offer. Here’s a quick-fire list of what you can expect from us:

  • Self-build package with Turn Key service offers ultimate peace of mind.
  • We can assist with plot finding, the design of your home, architects’ drawing, planning and the complete build of your house.
  • We work within a wide range of budgets always providing a high-quality service and product.
  • When it comes to the cost of your project; we will give you a fixed price quote so you know exactly where you stand.
  • If you have planning permission already, we’re equally happy to hear from you.

Get in touch today for more expert advice and assistance during the self-build process. We’re looking forward to meeting more prospective self-builders!