Keeping the Costs Down
Pounds in Your Pocket
As illustrated in Reduced Land Cost, by gaining exemption from CIL, you are already likely to be saving many thousands of pounds. But adopting a Benfield CUSTOM Homes self-build route will also enable you to save even more thousands on SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax), VAT, architects, engineers and other professional fees from the outset. And your savings don’t end there.
Making Self-Build Easy - and low cost
To help avoid you falling foul of the regulations and losing your CIL exemption, once your design and specification have been agreed, and planning and building regulation approval obtained, we quickly build your foundations (or you can engage someone else to do this if you wish) and then build the ‘shell’ of the house itself. This means we:
put up the walls, floors and roof
install external doors and windows
attach the roof covering (tiles, shingles, slates, etc.)
fix the external wall cladding (bricks, render, timber or other cladding)
attach the rainwater goods (gutters and down-pipes)
clear and grade the site
- create basic footpaths and drives
- lay lawn turf
- plant any shrubs and trees that are required to discharge planning conditions.
This all ensures that you have complied with the Design Code and met any necessary completion dates so that the overall estate – and your neighbours – are not inconvenienced or compromised.
Inclusive Fixed Price
All of the above works are done for you at a pre-agreed fixed price, including application and service connection fees. This is assessed with you at the time we are working up the drawings and specifications. Naturally this depends on the levels of energy performance you want to achieve and the standard of finishing you decide to include.
During this process we will also help with suggestions on how best to allocate you budget. For example pointing out those items that would be difficult, if not impossible, to retrofit at a later date, as well as those that might be lower cost items for later replacement if required.
The clients are extremely pleased with their project … It fitted perfectly. Will keep you posted and bear you in mind for any further projects and there is no doubt we will recommend you in the future to colleagues..
Fit Out & Finishing
This means that all of the internal fit out of electrics, plumbing, internal walls, wall linings, stairs, internal doors, skirting and architrave, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. are left for you to complete yourself.
However, it does not mean that we abandon you. Far from it. In fact we will provide you with material lists, specialist installers, and material supplies from our sister company HGC Builders Merchants. They specialise in often difficult to find materials and components used in Custom Self-Builds as well as supplying most of those that you can buy from local builders merchants but often at better prices.
This leaves you free to buy from wherever and whoever you wish and to engage your own favourite fitters, fixers and other sub trades, but with the comfort of knowing that we are here as a back-up, if not preferred, supplier.
Again, by adopting this procedure we are protecting you from the requirement under the Act for you to be able to demonstrate that you are a bona-fide CUSTOM Self-Builder.
Get Started On Your Project
Speak to one of our friendly team - without obligation - to find out how best we can help you with your project