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Planning a custom build project: our guide to getting started

Planning a custom build project: our guide to getting started

Deciding to build your own home is an exciting prospect, but what route do you take; self-build, full turnkey or custom-build?

The routes highlighted above vary dependent on the level of responsibility you want to undertake, the budget you have and the amount of time you have to invest in your project.

In this blog we put the spotlight on the ‘custom build’ route. We discuss the steps involved. Give you an understanding of the process to help you decide the build route right for you.

What is custom build?

A custom build home is a house built to your specification or customised to your requirements but with the support of a developer. This route offers a more ‘hands-off’ approach to self-build. Typically, a custom build developer will provide a serviced plot, at least outline planning on the plot and will support in managing the build. This alleviates some of the biggest hurdles faced by self-builders and allows you to concentrate on the design of your new home.

Step 1: Get to know your custom build site and plot

When you have found a custom build site in the location you want, it is important to get a close up of the plots available while getting a feel for the surrounding area and potential for the future.

Step 2: Discuss your ideas

This is the time to gather your thoughts and ideas for your new home. Inject as many ideas as you can so your architectural designer understands the style of house you want and how you want to use the space. Our architectural team will talk through your ideas and the best ways to get the most from your desired plot.

Step 3: Purchase your plot

Once you have decided on the best plot for your desired home, it’s important to secure the plot making it yours.

Step 4: Financing your custom build home

There are several options for financing your custom build project but the most common is a self-build mortgage. Whatever route you take will depend on your personal circumstances but no matter what financing option you want to take we can give advice regarding financing and the purchase of your selected plot. Alternatively, we would recommend looking at some of the self-build mortgage lenders such as Buildstore.

Step 5: Finalise your design

Your architectural designer will listen to your requirements and work with you to produce a home that delivers practically and aesthetically.

Step 6: Exchange and completion

Once you have chosen the type and design style for your home and all the relevant paperwork has been completed, you are ready for the final step.

Step 7: Start your build

No matter the level of involvement you want with your build we can offer a flexible service. From our full ‘Turnkey’ build support package where we will project manage your entire build to fulfilling individual elements. The services we can provide include: oak frame design and build, architectural design, encapsulation and full build.

For more details on our custom build sites, or to talk through your requirements, contact us on 01432 353 353 or via