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Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

A BACK UP PLAN

AS with any big build­ing pro­ject, it’s im­por­tant to have a size­able con­tin­gency fund in case any­thing goes wrong with your fi­nances or the build.

Self-builders can claim back the VAT on build­ing ma­te­ri­als and ser­vices, so build­ing a home has fi­nan­cial ad­van­tages.

The build­ing ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods you choose will have a big im­pact on the cost of the pro­ject, although there are, of course, prac­ti­cal and aes­thetic con­sid­er­a­tions as well as fi­nan­cial ones.

US­ING WOOD SAVE YOU MONEY?

TIM­BER frame houses are pop­u­lar with self-builders be­cause they can be erected quickly. Wood is also nat­u­ral, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and vis­ually ap­peal­ing. And it’s more durable than you might think – soft­wood frames can last around 200 years.

Frames made of soft­wood, such as Dou­glas fir, are cheaper than those made of hard­wood, such as oak, but oak is com­monly used and can be ex­pen­sive.

Another disad­van­tage is that a tim­ber frame can re­strict the de­sign of the house, as the struc­ture has its lim­i­ta­tions.

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