How do I get planning permission for my self build plot?

Posted by Raphael Coppini on Mar 20, 2020 9:11:41 AM

The planning process can be difficult to navigate and can seem like an insurmountable obstacle without the right approach. In this post we’ll clarify what planning is, how it’s different from building control, and among other things how Neat Living can help you. 

We also discuss the benefits of using the pre-application for planning service available from local authorities. It is a much underused tool which we discuss below. 

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Topics: selfbuild, planning permission, building warrant

Budget, budget, budget. Getting on top of your self build home costs.

Posted by Raphael Coppini on Feb 17, 2020 2:30:52 PM

According to the Homebuilding & Renovating Self & Custom Build Market Report 2017, more than half of self build projects go over budget.

In fact, researchers surveyed over 500 self builders and reported that projects typically went over budget by a whopping 20% - so on a £250,000 project, that means spending an extra £50,000. That’s a lot of money to find, never mind at the end of a build. 

Let's get started - do you:

1. Want to know how much your self build project will cost you - and you want to get a grip on the main issues?

2. Want to reduce the chances of your self-build going over budget?

3. Want to get your numbers prepared - so you are ready to speak to a mortgage broker?

Great - then we've got a quick 5 min read that's perfect for you. Onwards! 

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Topics: plots, selfbuild, homebuilding, budget, cost plan

Designs for self-build homes

Posted by Raphael Coppini on Feb 11, 2020 5:16:48 PM

Are you looking for inspirational design for your self-build home?


For many people, kit house designs give them the peace of mind that they will get an amazing home without the cost and risk of designing a house from scratch. For others, an architect is the key to fulfilling their dream house. It depends on what your budget for design is and possibly how many episodes of Grand Designs you’ve watched! So, what's the difference between these two routes? 

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Topics: selfbuild

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