Building your own home: The benefits of custom build

The primary benefit of custom build is that you can achieve a home designed specifically for you and your family’s lifestyle. A flexible, quality living space, tailored to suit your requirements, now and in the future.

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What is a custom build home?

Custom build is one of the ways that the Government is using to solve the housing shortage. Custom build homes are self-build homes facilitated in some way by a developer. This still offers the chance to have a unique home that suits your needs, lifestyle and design preferences, but through a more hands-off approach than a traditional self-build.

Working from home

If you enjoy the independence and freedom that comes with working from home, custom build allows you to create an inspired workspace, whether you want a multi-purpose area, separate room or a studio in your garden.

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Structural Warranty Specialists Build-Zone, also provide Construction Insurance Services

Here at Build-Zone, we are well known in the construction industry for our 10 Year Structural Warranty, we are experienced in underwriting warranties for all types of developments, from single unit self-builds to large residential or commercial developments.

Construction Insurance

With years of experience, Build-Zone understand the importance of providing the right level of support throughout the build process, that’s why Build-Zone also provide Construction Insurance, which can provide comprehensive cover on an Annual OR project-by-project basis.

Build-Zone Construction Insurance can include Contractors All Risk (CAR) for New Works, Existing Structures being worked on (Terms, Conditions & Limitations may apply), Hired Plant, Own Plant, Public Liability & Employers Liability cover, Non-Negligent Damage, and Terrorism if required.

We have a range of policies available which can provide cover for any size development from a simple single unit New Build/Renovation/Conversion/ Extension through to large Residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.

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What Is Custom Build?

For many years now in the UK, new housing has been delivered almost exclusively by the larger, national and local housebuilders.  However, this has one major drawback – a very limited choice of design and plot size and virtually no input from you, the house buyer, into your finished home.

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Now, there’s a new form of housing emerging called custom build which gives you the opportunity to have a real say in the creation of your new home. It’s the norm abroad – we’re just catching up here in the UK!

Key features of custom build include purchasing a fully serviced plot from a custom build developer and working with either the site architect, or your own, to design a home that’s truly yours. It’s all about choice, flexibility and putting you in control.

There are several routes to a custom build home. Every custom build site will have different variables and the custom build developer will provide you with a menu of options to choose from. Even if you’re hopeless at DIY you can custom build.  Choose to do as much or as little of the work yourself with professional assistance and support available from beginning to end.

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New £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund for councils will unlock building

A new Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) has opened for bids from English local authorities to help create the infrastructure needed to unlock house building.

New £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund for councils will unlock building

Launched by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid at the recent Local Government Association Conference in Birmingham, the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund has the potential to unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand. The fund was originally announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

The fund is available to councils to finance the physical infrastructure projects necessary to bring on housebuilding, such as bridges, roads and energy networks, which otherwise hold housebuilding back.

Investment will be available to fund new schools, healthcare facilities and digital infrastructure that is necessary for new communities, while alleviating pressure on existing public services.

Like much of current Government focus, there is an expectation on speed of delivery, with councils expected to move quickly from approvals to creating the infrastructure, swiftly followed by housing.

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New Home Warranty – Your choice of Insurer is becoming ever more critical

row of four large terraced houses

Why?

Structural Warranty Insurance runs for 10 or 12 years whereas most insurance policies run for only 12 months.

Some key things to consider such as: –

  • What happens if your insurer becomes insolvent? If the Insurer goes bust then they won’t still be there to pay the claim.
  • What cover are you obtaining
  • What are the exclusions?
  • Does the policy cover the cost to fully rebuild the property or is there a lower limit?
  • Are key elements such as ‘ingress of water’ covered for the full policy period?

It is not always about price. Beware of the increasing number of providers who are offering very low premiums – there is usually a reason why they are cheaper.

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