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‘Assemble the right team. It’s vital to find an architect who understands your vision, and a builder you can work well with. Word of mouth can help you find the best “fit”.
Consider using a planning consultant. The National Planning Policy Framework set out by the government in 2012 encourages sustainable development, so organic builds are likely to be favoured. This is especially important if your planned organic build is located within a National Park or conservation area. An experienced planning consultant will be familiar with the likely snags and pitfalls at a local level, and can help save you time and money. Opt seeking for traditional inspiration designs from local and vernacular materials, architecture. Do some research into older building styles, too, and use local, recycled materials wherever possible, as these will give your build an authentic look and help it blend in to the surrounding area.
Explore current trends, such as the increasing demand for dark-stained timber houses that are almost invisible from a distance. Textured black timber that has been treated using the ancient Japanese technique of “shou sugi ban” (similar to charring) is another favoured look.’