Visit various permanent innovation centres for resources. London’s Building Centre is great for architecture and has many galleries with exhibitions related to contemporary building and design. The National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) is also popular as its UK’s ONLY permanent self-build visitor centre great for showing every step from the ground up to complete your Build.
Visit the NSBRC website to book your free tickets.
Continue to research and chat to professionals when and wherever possible, through specialist websites such as Paving Expert, approved Trade Associations such as The Guild of Master Craftsmen who support tradesmen but also recommend those of a high standard. Topic-specific forums are a great way to get feedback and advise. Visiting various Trade shows across the county are also an excellent way to gather information and speak face to face with professional advisors who can give valuable project information – Always bring your plans, sketches or just a list of questions.
3 Rights to Build!
Since government legislation in 2008, planning permission is not required for areas less than 5m² or if the new surface is permeable. Legislation to self-build was passed in April 2016 designed to significantly fast-track the growth of new housing being built in England by permitting consumers to design and build their own homes.
You just need to register to find out more about self-building homes.
4 Learn your Build!
Across the country small workshops take place, Eventbrite is a great source to find courses, seminars and workshops. The centres mentioned in our first tip also host a fantastic range of courses designed for individuals who’ve never stepped foot on a building site before but are keen to understand more about a building project and how they can get involved.
For ideas about how to find that perfect plot – or how to improve the appearance of your already renovated build.
Ensure you have thought of the architecture style and how you can compliment or contrast them through your interior finishes as well as the exterior ones – having a beautifully designed building can be let down by your kerb appeal – consider alternative driveway materials to tarmac such as resin bound paving.
From all the research completed you will have permission to build, the official and approved plans will be drawn, specifications from experts in their field received and the ability to start hiring the best in their Trade to transform your dream home.