Author Archives: Andrew Scholes

Build your dream home - other professionals

Build your dream home, step 5: Other professionals

Depending on the complexity of the project, other professionals may be required to complete the project team. It is advisable to leave selection of other professionals to your Architectural Designer as they can select professionals that they are comfortable working alongside. Your designer should advise you within the initial stages… Read More

Build your dream home - maintenance and running costs

Build your dream home, step 6: Maintenance and running costs

This is an important aspect to consider and should be factored into all proposals. Considerations can range from the maintenance of external finishes and design features such as valley gutters to services such as heating and electricity. When compiling the Brief, a dialogue regarding maintenance costs of the proposal should… Read More

Build your dream home - planning consent

Build your dream home, step 7: Planning consent

Obtaining Planning Consent can depend on several factors and these are as follows: Is your development sensitive to the locality? Are materials specified in keeping with the local vernacular? What is the height of your proposed development, is it lower or equal to adjacent properties? Is your proposal large in… Read More

Build your dream home - building regs approval

Build your dream home, step 8: Building regulations approval

After Planning Consent is obtained, a submission of the plans to Building Control for Building Regulations Approval will be required. Building Regulations in England are made under the Building Act 1984 and are regularly changed and updated. Building Regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure… Read More

Build your dream home - structural warranty

Build your dream home, step 9: Structural warranty/PCC

If you are building or converting residential properties to sell then it will be necessary to take out a Structural Warranty or obtain a PCC. Lenders will generally only lend on a newly built (or newly converted) property where the property is covered by a warranty scheme (for example, LABC… Read More

Build your dream home - building contractor

Build your dream home, step 10: Selecting a building contractor

If you employ a good reputable Building Contractor, in terms of price, reliability and workmanship, the potential for problems will be greatly reduced. Get recommendations, ask friends, family, neighbours and relevant Trade Associations. Find out if the Contractor is a member of an appropriate Trade Association. Ask the Contractor if… Read More