Build Your Own Brick House by Gerald Cole
By Gerald Cole
Construct your individual Brick apartment follows the method of a self-build, utilizing conventional brick and block innovations, permitting the self-builder to appreciate either the person phases and the character of the construct as an entire. It takes a realistic procedure, targeting the simplest use of time, skills and price range, and on speaking extra essentially and successfully with designers and tradespeople for you to make the construct as tender as attainable. The booklet covers:The percentages and practicalities of creating in brick; creating a funds and finding/buying a plot; Designing with brick; acquiring planning. Read more...
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Self-build isn’t quite like that. Buying a building plot may be no different from buying a house – the procedures are much the same – but that’s only the first stage of the process. Stage two is, of course, the construction of your new home. The usual rule-of-thumb is to allow between a third and a half of the total budget for plot purchase, though in some highly desirable locations it may be considerably higher. The bulk of the rest is taken up by materials, labour and ancillary costs. And here the complications start.
The vendor, meanwhile, will have a reserve price, which will not be disclosed. This is the minimum amount he or she is prepared to accept. Auctions provide good plot opportunities, not just in terms of building land, but also for sites, like this former car showroom, which can be converted to residential use. Auctions are designed for quick sales, with the fall of the hammer marking a legally binding contract. You may only have a week or two beforehand to visit the plot you have in mind, initiate legal searches, commission any surveys and arrange the finance.
Stage two is, of course, the construction of your new home. The usual rule-of-thumb is to allow between a third and a half of the total budget for plot purchase, though in some highly desirable locations it may be considerably higher. The bulk of the rest is taken up by materials, labour and ancillary costs. And here the complications start. Until you have detailed plans, and have had them accurately priced, your build budget can only be an approximation of the actual expenditure. In theory, it should be possible to draw up detailed plans from the moment you have a clear idea of your new house.