A full self build project is a major undertaking, only a small proportion of people actually take this on. It tends to suit people who have built before, or who have some links to the construction industry, though there are plenty of examples of people doing it with no previous experience . Don’t be deterred.
What to do First?
First things first you will need to find and purchase a suitable site if you dont already have one. Then you need to secure finance on your project.
Designing your New Home
The next step is when we come into action. We can make the necessary enquiries to your local planning authority to produce a comprehensive feasibility report. Once we have established that your desired new home can be obtained, the project design can begin. We will sit with you and develop a project brief to discover exactly what you will need to get the best living standard from your site and budget.
CK Architectural Bristol will present you with various design options based around your brief and discuss all of options available to you.
Once you have confirmed a design we can prepare your Planning Application Drawings and submit them to your local Authority.
Once the plans are submitted to the council it usually takes 8 weeks for them to determine a decision. We will keep you posted with any amendments or comments. When you have been granted planning permission you then have to get Building Regulations approval.
The building regulations drawings will then be submitted for a full plans check, amended if necessary, and once approved they will be the standard that is built to and inspected against. Our plans will include all the necessary detail such as structure, passage of sound, disabled access, drainage, resistance to moisture, collision, impact, heat loss, ventilation, light, emergency escape and much more. These drawings will be used when the building control officer inspects the build, to ensure the builder is carrying out the works correctly. Read more on about Building Regulations in our online guide.