There are more choices than ever these days when it comes to moving home, although there are usually still a substantial amount of compromises to be made. After a long search you may finally feel satisfied that you have found your dream home, except, the kitchen is tiny, there is no garden or maybe no decent local schools. Perhaps a sale which is almost signed, sealed and delivered has to be abandoned for whatever reason, usually resulting in the stress of all parties. These kind of factors can cause disappointment, inconvenience and frustration, taking the shine off what is supposed to be one of the most significant events in your life.
There is however, an alternative exciting option to consider, which gives you more control over your environment, and which is becoming extremely popular. Many people are now turning to the idea of building their own home. This option has long been a prominent feature of many European countries, but is seen less frequently within the UK property market. In Austria for instance, you will find more than 80% of homes are self built. Germany and Belgium can boast that over 50% of their housing has been built by their eventual inhabitants.
The UK government has instigated a number of changes in an effort to correct this situation, and allow us to have increased freedom of choice when wishing to move home. These measures include the availability of £44million to assist potential self builders and communities wishing to embark on self build projects. A further incentive has seen self builders becoming exempt from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a charge which is said to have deterred 1 in 8 people who intended to build their home. There is a growing body of organisations and websites aimed at providing comprehensive guides and advice for anyone thinking along the lines of self build. Just about every advantage or pitfall is explained, there are self build experiences to read, and a stunning collection of example images. All of this additional information, should encourage and motivate the aspiring self builder.
Possibly one of the main reservations people have about designing and building their own home, is the thought of finding a reliable and qualified company for each piece of work. Consulting and planning separately with architects, designers, builders, engineers, roofers, plumbers, electricians, landscapers etc, can be confusing to say the least. Then you would have to hope they communicate well between themselves, for a seamless flow of work with no problems or disputes. You could end up running back and forth from one trades person to the next, wasting time and money. Fortunately SJP Building Services, Wigan, have the perfect, stress free solution to this dilemma.
We offer a full wrap around service including organising the drawing up of plans for your self build. We source and work closely with an excellent, highly qualified architect to create your ideal home taking into account your exact needs and wishes. SJP Building Services will advise on every technical, practical and structural aspect of your self build, and are there to support you all the way. We can even project manage your self build from laying the foundations to applying the final coat of plaster, decorating and carpeting. All of our skilled tradesmen and specialists work together effortlessly, and are dedicated to giving customer peace of mind.
You will find that self build is mentioned more and more frequently in the press, on the internet and there are already various ongoing TV shows about the subject. The concept of self build is likely to stop being thought of as something which can only be attained by the privileged few. As local councils take the idea on board and endeavour to make plots available for purchase, the practice will become more widespread.
The prospect of choosing where you would like to live, searching for a suitable plot, planning and visualising the style, amount of rooms, type of windows and doors, garden and décor, is extremely exciting. With SJP Building Services you are in safe hands, and we can even liaise with local councils on your behalf to discover planning permission protocol and building regulation requirements.
If you decide that you are not quite ready to go down the complete self build road, you may prefer to think about less intensive alternatives. SJP Building Services are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and have extensive experience in all areas of building, including renovation, restoration, extensions and conversions. Options such as renovation or conversion can reduce the cost of your new home building work. Another choice is to buy an existing property in your desired location, knock it down and rebuild to your specifications. Whichever route you are comfortable with, SJP Building Services will ensure a professional and high quality outcome for your self build project.