Have you ever thought whether you should build your own home, or perhaps you are you part of a community group thinking about building?

For years, large home building companies held the monopoly in the UK housing market, repeating the same style of house over and over, with property prices continually being driven up. This was recognised by the Government, so in 2016, to help boost housebuilding, its diversity and also to make it more affordable, the Government made changes to legislation to introduce the Right to Build Register.

This grants you the right to bid or commission your own building, either as an individual or a group. Your local authority can also help you find a suitable plot! Councils have to consider ‘all sources of qualified demand’ so while they legally they can’t find you a suitable plot based on your needs, they do have to make available the right number of plots to meet demand within their area, and maintain a list of people and groups interested in building their own homes.

To find your perfect piece of land, your local council is invaluable, but it is also worth looking on www.onthemarket.com and speaking to local estate agents. We also often hear about opportunities in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, so give us a call. We can help you with planning permissions, just check the type of land you are purchasing – some come with outline planning permission, some are serviced plots prepared by a developer with utility connections, however many will have restrictions and covenants that will affect what you can do. Employ a chartered surveyor to check it out for you.

What’s next?

It’s time to design! We know that the different options available to you can be very overwhelming, which is why we are with you from the start. Our designs will fit your exact needs and from experience you can often build bigger for the same money and typically self-builders can enjoy a 25% profit.

We understand that this is your dream home, and you want to get it right. Start with telling us what you would like;

  • How many bedrooms?
  • How many bathrooms?
  • What styles of house do you like?
  • Do you like open plan living?
  • Do you have any preferred materials?

We will design your home to suit your lifestyle and add the KDR creative flair which will give your home the wow factor. You can be assured that your budget is always front of mind, and our expertise in planning permissions with local authorities will ensure all planning considerations are taken into account.

Click here for an example of our new build residential work.

To find out more about our processes when you choose to self-build, please give Kevin Todd a call on 07973 227925 or email: kevintodd@kdr.org.uk.