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Quantity over quality?

YouGov Survey reveals over 50% of developer-led builds have a variety of problems 

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Bath Street project nears completion

Work on the pioneering Bath Street Collective Custom Build reaches final stage

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From plant pots to self-build plots

Mixed-use development from Quinn Estates serves as template for future self-build schemes

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Protection from flooding

The BRE has launced an innovative prototype home to help homeowners mitigate the risk of flood damage 

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Case Studies

Contemporary Timber Frame Home

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Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

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Steel Farm

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Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Berlin - 'Building Groups'

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Hockerton

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Top tips

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Budgeting

Budgeting tips
  • In a new build, work out your likely internal floor area in square metres (m2). A modest detached three-bedroomed house would be 100m2; you can fit a five-bedroomed house into 200m2.
  • Labour and materials costs currently range from around £800/m2 up to £1,500/m2, depending largely on finishes. In fact, at the upper end, the sky is the limit.
  • Material costs vary very little across the country.
  • Labour costs are much less in remote rural areas. Generally, the further from London you build, the lower the labour costs.
  • Management costs are additional. Usually add around 15% for professional project management.
  • Most domestic construction jobs work out at around 40% labour, 40% materials, 20% management, (this includes site costs and professional fees).
  • Fixed price costs are almost always higher still, because the risk of a cost overrun is being transferred from client to the builder, and the builder almost invariably adds a significant premium to the costs to cover their possible loss.
  • Leave a contingency sum: 10%
  • The higher above ground you build the cheaper it gets. First floors are around 10% cheaper than ground floors, second floors 20% less. Therefore a 150m2 bungalow will cost more to build than a 150m2 two storey house.
  • Conversely, underground builds are more expensive. Basements cost around 20% more than ground floors.