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The concept of building your own home is completely normal everywhere else in the world apart from the UK, so it’s only natural that we get asked a lot of questions about the process and how it all works.

Below are some of the most common questions we get asked, but if there’s anything we haven’t covered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Why build your own home?

Building your own home is a life changing event that offers unique lifestyle benefits

A Home As Unique As You Are
You can design every corner of your home to reflect your personal style and accommodate your individual tastes.

Quality & Craftsmanship Throughout
You can guarantee your home is made with superior craftsmanship and superb attention to detail by selecting materials that prioritise quality and sustainability.

Financial Control
You’re holding the purse strings, so you can prioritise your spending on what matters most to you.

Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Building your own home means you can incorporate the latest renewable technologies for a sustainable, cost-effective home.

A Sense Of Pride
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pride you get from coming home to your own unique space that you helped to create.

Should I build my own home?

Self-build and custom build is not for everyone.

It is worth exploring if:

• You can’t find a home that meets your environmental
requirements

• You can’t find a home that has the quality you expect or which meets your specific needs

• You’re prepared to wait while your perfect new home is being built

It is probably not for you if:

• You need to move in straight away

• You have very narrow location requirements

• You aren’t very particular about the home you live in

What are the benefits of building my own home?

  • Freedom to create your home just as you want it, with the benefit of our advice and experience along the way

  • Get the benefits of a new build (Up to 30 year guarantees with high environmental performance)

  • We’ve done a lot of the hard work for you – finding the land, engaging architects to draw up detailed plans and specifications, getting planning permission

How long does it take?

This can differ considerably depending on the builder you appoint and whether you stick to our plans or make alterations to the approved design (which may then need to be reassessed by the planners).

It takes an ‘average’ 12 months to complete your own design and have your house built by our preferred partner.

Is there financial assistance or grants available for self-build projects?

Yes! There are several government incentives for self-builders, including VAT refunds on materials and services and special mortgages for self-builders.

How do I save on stamp duty?

Because stamp duty is calculated as a percentage of the purchase price, buying a plot can save tens of thousands of pounds.

Can I get a mortgage?

Yes! But it is a special kind of mortgage known as a self build or custom build mortgage. We can introduce you to our approved financial partners who can help you with this.

How do these mortgages work?

They operate in a similar way to a normal mortgage, but money is released in stages as your home is constructed.

You pay a higher interest rate but since you don’t draw down all the money at the same time the overall additional cost is outweighed by the savings you make.

Can we modify the existing plans, and how does this affect planning permission?

Modifications can be made within the scope of the original permission, and we’ll support you in any additional permissions required. Alternatively, you can commission an architect to get your own bespoke plans drawn up.

How do we choose a reliable builder or contractor?

If you don’t know a builder we would recommend working with our approved partner, Danwood who are a highly respected house builder in the UK and Europe. They build around 1,500 homes every year.

What is the potential resale value of a self-built home?

Self-build homes typically have a higher resale value due to their bespoke nature and modern specifications that are more attractive to potential buyers.

What measures are in place to ensure our home is eco-friendly?

We’ve designed 12 highly environmentally friendly homes at Green Oaks. That said, there is also the possibility of upgrading the insulation and adding renewable energy to create a Passivhaus standard house – reducing your energy costs to the bare minimum.

How does the project integrate with the local community?

Our developments are designed to complement and enhance the local area, fostering a sense of belonging amongst our like-minded homeowners and the wider community.

How adaptable is the home for future life changes (e.g. family expansion)?

Our homes are designed to be flexible, allowing for easy modifications to suit changing life circumstances.


Have we answered your questions? If not, and you have a specific query,
email info@unboxedhomes.com and we’ll get back to you.