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The realities of building your dream home – Part 2

November 1, 2016

Continuing on from the previous blog post where we discussed finding a plot and cost considerations, this week we delve into the world of documentation and planning permission, taking your self build project to the next stage…

Bring in the Pros

When it comes to tackling building regulations and dealing with planners, it’s best to bring a professional in. When choosing a designer be sure to choose someone who understands exactly what you want and is able to work with you to fulfil all your requirements… and stick to your budget! Creating a beautiful oak frame home begins with exceptional design and it is essential that you choose an architect/designer who understands oak framing. This can help avoid issues right from the start and ensures that you make the most of oak framing structurally, aesthetically as well as taking into consideration scale and proportions

At Welsh Oak Frame our expert in-house team live and breathe oak frame design and are able to tailor the perfect solutions to your projects requirements, while also taking care of planning applications, building regulations and structural calculations.

The correct documentation

 So you have the perfect plot, you have the money (and a bit extra on the side) and you have the ideal designer – but do you have the required consents to build?

Before you progress, you must ensure you have planning permission, building control approval and any special permissions, such as conservation area consent.

When buying a house most people focus on the aesthetic side, rather than taking note of structural details. Whereas, when you are building one from the ground up, you need to take into account the function and for most, striving for a property that is low maintenance, tops the list.

Thermal efficiency and air tightness will play a big part in the design of the property. Oak frames, when used in conjunction with other materials such as: SIPs brick and block, glass and softwood help to increase light, thus reducing costs. External finishes can also ensure thermal efficiency and air tightness with a combination of infill panel insulation and external cladding.

When all this is completed, you (finally!) get to think about the interiors, adding those all-important finishes to your project.

Stay tuned for next week’s post where we will be looking at the practicalities of fine-tuning your dream home.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please give us a call on 01686 688000