Always have a plan B
INSPIRED by Grand Designs to build your own home and think you might have found the perfect plot? Or, daunted by the mishaps that the Channel 4 show has covered, are you confining yourself to home improvements?. Before you start, take time to plan, get advice and permissions.
Planning experts, building control advisors, architects and designers will be giving free advice at The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show which is at the SECC, Glasgow, on May 15 and 16. 2010.
The team from the show has put together some tips to help you.
Permission First: Having the necessary permissions unlocks the value of the land. For anyone extending or remodelling it is possible that planning won’t be needed. However, other restrictions could apply so check with the local authority.
Research: Planning in Scotland is a local function and the planning authority should be the point of contact. Additional advice can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk.
Know the Building Regulations: These set out minimum requirements for structural integrity, fire safety, energy efficiency, damp proofing, ventilation and other aspects that ensure a building is safe. If you’re in a hurry, you can begin after giving building control 48 hours’ notice together with a plan and the fee. But the work will be inspected so make sure you trust your builder!
KnowWhen to Employ a Professional: Success means getting the right balance between using professionals and doing it yourself so that you keep control. Consider using an architect or designer .
Design to Suit the House or Plot: If you’re building from scratch, land may be so scarce that you have to design the house to suit the plot. If you are extending, the plot shape will influence what can be built, and the proximity of neighbours will dictate where you can put windows.
Love Thy Neighbour:Whatever the size of the project, keep the neighbours informed. Objections can have a negative impact and cause delay. Consult all the relevant parties before you submit the application. THIS nifty handmade sign doesn't need to be taken too literally. Hang it on the lounge door if you want to watch your favourite TV programme in peace, or on the door to any room where you simply want a breather from the rest of the world. It costs £17 and is available exclusively from florestine, at www. florestine.com, tel 01273 763986 or from the boutique at 4 Bartholomews, Brighton, where it probably could be taken more literally than usual.