Step by step guide
Beginning a self build project can be daunting, but here at Rob Roy Homes we have a wealth of experience to help you get it right and not just with timber frame. We are experts in the construction industry and we know what it takes to make every step of the journey go smoothly.
Obtaining finance approval early on allows you to take action quickly when you find the perfect plot. Banks, building societies and specialist self build finance companies can provide this service. You will be applying for a special mortgage specifically for the purpose of self build.
Find a plot
Finding a suitable building plot is often the biggest challenge. Plots are advertised in many places including estate agents, newspapers and magazines. Sometimes it is simple word of mouth that leads you to the ideal site. Start looking as soon as possible and let people know you’re looking to build.
Prepare your design
Building your own home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. At Rob Roy Homes we believe that your project should be specially designed to meet your unique needs and requirements. If you have successfully purchased a plot and require assistance with your self build design, our experienced staff will be happy to advise you.
Acquire planning permission
When you finalise your design, you need to apply for planning permission. Planning permission is granted from your council if they approve your building plan.
Appoint Rob Roy Homes as your timber frame supplier
Prior to or during your application for a building warrant, you will need to choose your timber frame manufacturer. They will be able to provide the detailed structural information required to achieve your council’s approval without you duplicating professional costs. At Rob Roy Homes, we have plenty of experience with the building warrant process and can also carry out your SAP calculation, a rating of energy efficiency mandatory for all new builds.
Acquire Building Warrant
Once your planning permission has been granted, you will need to make a more detailed submission outlining the building structure itself in order to obtain a building warrant. When the council gives both your planning and your building warrant the go ahead, you are free to get to work. Our team is happy to help advise you on your planning permission and building warrant submissions.
Health and safety
Health and safety on your building site is a serious topic. There are many items to be considered including:
Worker and public protection
CDM Regulations (Construction Design and Management)
If you are new to the construction industry or need to refresh your working knowledge, we strongly recommend that you speak to a specialist health and safety consultant. There are a variety of CDM training courses available to the public from colleges and training centers. You should also have public and employers liability insurance in place.
It is recommended that you have warranty cover for your own peace of mind and in case you ever sell your property. We can advise you on warranty cover from NHBC to a professional architects inspection service.
Once you have your building warrant, you should be in a position to start building. Don’t forget to set out the underbuilding to your timber frame manufacturer’s wallplate drawing.