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LIVE 24-SEVEN THOMA S STUDIO YOUR FREE SELF-BUILD HOME-PLANNING GUIDE


Top 25 Grand Designs architect Garry Thomas of Thomas Studio in Herefordshire helps you avoid the pitfalls of a self-build.


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Are you embarking on your own self-build project in the Cotswolds or Wye Valley? We’re offering a FREE self-build-home-planning guide designed for anyone who wants to know what’s important when designing and self-building their own home. Here’s a taster …


AVOIDING THE STRESS Get the process right and identify your needs and options fully before you start and building your own home can be a very enjoyable and rewarding process. Our guide will make sure you ask the right questions up front and provide you with a bespoke road map for your project.


• understand how to build a house from the ground • help you make the right decisions when choosing to self-build • provide help when choosing a house plan • work out how much space you need • estimate the cost to build a house per square foot • learn about the home building process


HOW TO PURCHASE THE RIGHT PLOT If you are purchasing a piece of land to build your own house our guide gets you to ask the right questions upfront in more detail to make sure you buy the right plot. Too many self-build homes don’t consider daylight paths, overhanging trees, ground conditions and many other site issues.


HIDDEN COSTS Our guide will help you identify areas for hidden costs e.g. When using green technology and green building materials costs tend to be higher, though in-use running costs can be lower and could attract grant payments to offset the initial investment.


Consider stamp duty and the hidden costs of clearing and excavation of the ground around the site. Hidden ground conditions will influence the type of septic system you need; maybe an off-the-shelf solution or a more complex system involving lots more groundwork. Pre-assessments can help avoid costly mistakes.


CALCULATING THE REAL COSTS OF BUILDING Knowing the build and contractor costs before you start is essential. E.g. Assess what quality design standards you want and write it into the building contract so that you get what you are paying for. Without this the builder may assume the basic standard and that’s where misunderstandings happen.


PLANNING ISSUES Our guide will inform you to make the right decisions early to avoid costly errors, prepare you for the self-build process and issues like submitting planning applications and applying for building regulations, and ensure your design meets the policies in the local plan and doesn’t get refused planning permission.


To get your full Self Build Home Planning Guide go to: www.thomasstudio.co.uk/self-build-project-planning-pack/ online and the guide will be sent to you.


Thomas Studio T: 01432 804 100 info@thomasstudio.co.uk www.thomasstudio.co.uk


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