In recent decades there has been real growth in the number of people needing or wanting a home and this has led to a boom time for builders in the United Kingdom.
Despite the more recent down turn across the rest of the UK, the south east of the UK needs housing as much as ever and builders in Kent are doing relatively well in areas such as Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Canterbury and many others.
There is a smaller niche within the house building industry for bespoke homes. People who want to design and build in Kent, to self build from scratch and have it built exactly the way they wish.
Of course, you must have land to build on and, assuming the reason you are reading this at all is because you are looking to build a home of your own, we’ll assume that you either have the land already or are in the process of acquiring some.
Either way, you are probably looking for a reputable builder with a good history of working with and building bespoke homes, either traditional or more contemporary.
House builders who build with the client’s specifications in mind are used to being very flexible with all parts of the modern construction process; indeed, they are set up for this mode of working.
Naturally, there is an ordered process to build a house from the ground up, but the client gets to make the decisions which will shape how their home will look upon completion, including any planning issues that would need to be addressed.
The All Important Question Of A Builder’s Reputation
When you’re looking to hire house contractors in Kent or in any other area, you need to know that they can do the job and do it well and you want to find out, if possible, how easy they are to work with.
The best way to do this is to find their website and look for a testimonials or case studies page where former clients have been enthusiastic about the work the company did for them, that they have willingly allowed and/or written a testimonial.
These testimonials are worth their weight in gold for you as a prospective client because you can feel more confident that the company you might like to hire for a very involved project, is more than capable of fulfilling their role. After all, this is a task that involves a lot of money, too.
The Cost Involved In Hiring A House Builder In Kent
There aren’t many things in life that will cost as much as building your own home, the one massively reassuring part of the project as a whole is that what you will be building is not only a home that will stand for many years into the future, but also an investment, an asset that will grow in value.
If you are looking to undertake a bespoke build like this, you will already have a good idea of your budget and the limit or ceiling to which you are willing to go.
A good reputable building firm will be able to work with you to build according to your budget.
There are so many elements to a build, so many materials to choose from and so many variables that having an experienced house builder in Kent or any other place to guide you, is invaluable.
How House Builders Can Help You With Planning Permission
On the topic of planning permission, we in the UK are now used to the building regulations imposed by the national government via local council authorities.
These regulations are in place for good reason, but sometimes they seem to impose more complications on the already tricky undertaking of building a house.
Bespoke house builders are used to dealing with the planning authorities because their livelihood depends on obtaining planning consent for their clients’ custom built homes and most have good contacts with architects etc.
First hand experience in dealing with the issues which inevitably show themselves during a project is par for the course for these builders who deal with them every day.
The Initial Ideas To Drawings and Plans
Once you have hired a house builder in Kent and discussed budgets and so on, it is time to talk about your vision for the project, your specifications and for the company or for yourself to hire an architect to draw up initial plans.
You may have already been through this stage prior to seeking out a builder and hired an architect who has already drawn up plans and maybe even helped you to gain planning permission. Bespoke building companies and services can step in at this stage, work with the architect and make those plans come to fruition.
The Importance Of Proximity To Utilities
Where the house will be located is of course of great importance – location, location, location as they say – you want to ideally be near enough to every local hotspot for shopping and other necessary issues. But the location should also take into account the proximity to important utilities such as water, electricity, gas and so on. All of these are important considerations that impact upon the cost and the level of difficulty of building on certain plots.
Again, a good bespoke house builder in Kent will be able to handle all of these issues along with the architect in an efficient manner, while contracting or sub-contracting essential plumbing, electrical and other work.
Bespoke House Builders Cover Everything Including Fixtures & Fittings
Going hand in hand with interior design – at least from the point of view of a home that is being built from scratch – is the necessary inclusion of fixtures and fittings.
Granted, some fixtures such as the boiler or ‘back room’ workings of the heating system do not have to impact much on the overall look of the interior.
Fixtures are the items in the house that are deemed to be fixed, perhaps permanently, and won’t be moved or changed around. Fixtures include, but are not limited to, heating systems, lights, built in wardrobes, kitchen units and others.
Fittings are items such as free standing appliances like fridges and freezers, sofas, chairs, curtainsn paintings and more, which are more easily changed or moved around.
Interior Design – A Bespoke Home’s Finishing Touches
Much creativity can be married to practicality when looking at the interior design of a new home. So much choice in colours and materials.
You may already have a good idea about the design of each room and as stated previously, some of this will be dictated by the fixtures and fittings.
For all fixtures, fittings and interior design, good bespoke house builders in Kent can also have access to professional interior designers who can help make those many choices easier to negotiate to find the ideal look for your new home.