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17.11.17

Everything You Need For Your Very Own Grand Design

By now, you should have seen an episode of Grand Designs. This very popular TV show on Channel 4 has been on our screens for well over a decade, and it has been inspiring many families and individuals to start their very own self-build projects. Do you think you’d do well building your own home in the style of Grand Designs? If so, here are some things you will need.


A Large Budget

One of the first things you will notice when you watch Grand Designs is that the people who are building these projects have plenty of money. In fact, they often have more than what they would need if they were simply buying a new house. But that’s because their builds are often fairly extravagant. If you just want to build a simple house that doesn’t have too many fancy features, you should be able to afford it on a regular self-build mortgage.

A Dedicated Architect

One of the most important who you will need to consult when you are carrying out a self-build project is an architect. They will be able to use all of your ideas and inspiration, and put this all together to make plans for the house. Your architect will then work closely with all the builders and labourers to ensure that your whole self-build project comes off without a hitch. Just remember to budget for an architect when you are working out costs.


The Correct Planning Permission

You won’t be able to simply start working on your self-build project without consulting your local council or authorities. There are lots of building rules and regulations that you need to ensure your building will meet before it can be built, and you will also have to apply for planning permission. This gives the council chance to check out your plans and make sure they are within regulations. Planning consultants and your architect can help you draw up some plans so that they fit all the regulations. If you start building without gaining the correct permissions, you might be ordered to pull down your building, which can prove to be expensive!

Plenty Of Time

Something else you will notice when you watch Grand Designs is that the projects often take a lot longer than what was originally expected. So, you need to be able to set aside plenty of time to complete your project. It’s important that you include some extra time just in case your project runs over schedule. As well as all of this time, you will need to have plenty of patience. After all, it can end up very annoying if you keep on having to move back your move-in date. But as long as you have enough time to keep on extending your deadline, there should be nothing to worry about. You’ll get there in the end with your project as long as you just keep on going!


So, do you have what it takes to carry out your own Grand Designs project? Good luck with it!

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