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Homes England loan funding unlocks land for further custom build homes

20 new plots for custom build homes are being brought to market at Howton Road in 2018 as part of a development allocation in Newton Abbot by Teignbridge District Council (DC) i....

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Ecology Building Society provides mortgage finance at Cambridge Cohousing’s Marmalade Lane project

Ethical lender the Ecology Building Society has teamed up with Cambridge Cohousing to offer mortgages to the future residents of Marmalade Lane, a 42-home community in the proce....

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Fareham Borough Council and the Right To Build Task Force pursues potential for plots at Welborne Garden Village

Fareham Borough Council and the Right To Build Task Force are working together to help realise potential for self-build and custom build plots at Welborne Garden Village in Hamp....

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Ticket offer for Spring self-build shows

 

Self Build Portal brings you free ticket offers to the best self build shows for anyone wanting to build their dream home...

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Right To Build Expo heads South West for self-build and custom expertise

NaCSBA's Right To Build Task Force, NaCSBA and Wood for Good, in partnership, are hosting the Right To Build Expo: Unlocking the Potential of Custom and Self-build, near Exeter ....

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Case Studies

Beattie Passive house

Manx passive home

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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.