'Self-Build' -v- 'CUSTOM' Self Build
As a ‘Self-Builder’ you would search around for a parcel of land that might be suitable for your fully bespoke, possibly highly individual house design.
If you did not already have plans and elevation of what you wanted, you would then possibly engage an architect, local designer, or a specialists ‘kit’ home company to produce these for you and to submit these to your Local Planning Authority (LPA).
After many iterations and perhaps even fundamental changes, if you are lucky you may get planning permission to build a rather different version of what you had set out to achieve.
The whole process of finding the land, getting the design and obtaining planning permission may have taken you 1, 2, even more years before you are ready to start on the structural design, obtain Building Regulation approval, decide on how you are going to build the property, get competitive prices, and eventually start building.
Completing the build is then likely to take you at least 9 to 12 months, although some Self-Builders take years.
As a CUSTOM ‘Self-Builder’ you can avoid much of this hassle, but (arguably) at the cost of losing some design freedom. However, by compromising some of this and accepting that your house has to be built in accordance with a pre-determined and agreed Design Code and (if on a multiple plot site) a Plot Passport, you could get your house designed and built in six to nine months.
Whatever the case, you are likely to be required to complete the build within 18 months or so, so that the estate developer can complete roads, footpaths, lighting, etc. and so that neighbours are not adversely affected by long drawn-out building works.
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