How Much Should My Foundations Cost?
Asked on 21 February 2022
by L
3 Answers
Building an ICF basement

Thanks for being here to support self builders. We are in the midst of getting quotes for our build and the variation in figures are astonishing. Could we get an objective opinion on the cost per sqm for 2m-deep trenchfill foundations? One of the quotes is £500/sqm which doesn’t sound right at all. Many thanks [...]

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Can My Parents Gift Me Money Towards Buying Land?
Asked on 12 August 2022
1 Answers

I am a first-time buyer and hoping to use the Help to Build scheme to self build my first home. I have enough of a deposit to buy a plot of land with a mortgage, and my parents are planning to gift me an additional sum so that I can get a bigger loan to [...]

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How Much Will It Cost To Build A Bungalow?
Asked on 12 August 2022
1 Answers

Hello I was wondering how much a standard, square, two-bed bungalow would roughly cost to build on my parents plot of land? The square meterage would be between 85-95m2. The land is ready to build and already has planning permission. The bungalow calculator gave me an estimate of around £160,000 but I am not sure [...]

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How Much Should an Extension Cost?
Asked on 10 August 2022
1 Answers

I am building a new extension. It’s going to be a 3.74m x 2.8m kitchen extension. A small pavilion needs to be demolished and 9m2 of concrete broken up. Then the foundations will be dug out, manholes moved and then concrete poured. Then teh actual building of walls and a roof can begin. My question [...]

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Can I Get a Self Build Mortgage to Finance my Extension?
Asked on 9 August 2022
1 Answers

We finished paying off our mortgage a few years ago and are now living in the house mortgage-free. It’s a 2-bed semi-detached property and we would like to extend into the garden and also do a loft conversion. We have some savings to finance the project, but I wondered if there is some kind of [...]

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When Will I Need To Pay Council Tax On My New Build?
Asked on 3 August 2022
1 Answers

I am self building a small house, which is currently delayed by about two months. I applied to the council for a new address for the delivery of materials and goods, etc. The council has given me a letter confirming the approved address for the new house. So, when do I contact the valuation office [...]

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Should I or My Builder Claim Back VAT?
Asked on 22 July 2022
2 Answers

I am having a small new build home built. My builder is also managing the project. I understand a self builder can only make one claim for VAT, so should my builder claim it back for me? I asked him to purchase flooring and a kitchen and then invoice me. Should his invoice to me [...]

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Can We Reuse Solar Panels?
Asked on 18 July 2022
1 Answers

Hello We have plans to one day knock down our existing home and build a new eco home instead. However, this likely won’t be for another five years or so. We are very keen to harness solar energy in our existing house and are considering adding solar panels. If we install these on the existing [...]

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How Much Should Our Architect Be Charging?
Asked on 9 July 2022
1 Answers

We are struggling with our architect and need advice as to what/how much he should be charging. We feel very under advised throughout the process and we are still waiting approval for a planning application that was submitted in January. Is there someone who could offer some advice?

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